WASTED PHASE 4: THE LABORATORY

WASTED is fully functional! The Laboratory is now ready to reprocess and upcycle locally collected plastic into new objects, by and for the community.

The WASTED Laboratory is the foundation of the WASTED project. It unites Phase 1, phase 2, and Phase 3 in practice. It is both the finale and the beginning: it is where our work culminates in a fully functional, multi-faceted neighborhood recycling scheme that generates social, environmental and economic benefits, and at the same time, where this experiment in small-scale urban circularity digs into real-world implementation.

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THE LABORATORY: FROM WASTE TO UPCYCLED BLOCKS

This is where it all happens – where WASTED’s multi-faceted plastic collection, education and reward system come together, fueling the Laboratory to create new objects by and for the community.

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What happens at the Laboratory? First, we collect plastic at our Depot. Then, we separate out what we can use at the Laboratory. Once separated, we recycle what we can’t use, and we upcycle what we can. What’s the difference? Recycling is putting plastic back into use. Usually, recycling involves plastic being shipped around the world. Upcycling, on the other hand, is defined by giving new value to plastic waste. WASTED upcycles, giving plastic new value.

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Plastic is the Laboratory’s main input. WASTED Blocks are the output. No ordinary Block, we collaborated with experienced material designers and engineers to design not only a Block that can be made from recycled plastic waste, but also the process and machinery to make it at the Laboratory. This extra-ordinary Block is designed to be modular, easy to make, easy to use, and easy to assemble and disassemble. This way, it can be (re)used, (re)used and (re)used again and again, never being disposed. In this way, nothing is wasted with WASTED!

Blocks will be made during participatory Workshops at the Laboratory, aligned with WASTED’s goal of developing objects for the community, with the community. Through local research, we were asked to create stages for the local market, and benches and planters for the park – designed by the neighborhood, for the neighborhood, using neighborhood plastic waste.

Laboratory and Block design are in great thanks to our WASTED Designers: Alessandro Iadarola, Bob Vos and Stijn van Kervel. For more on the WASTED Designers, read here.

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Interested in Block, machine and process design? Find our open source designs here (soon to be updated), and stay tuned with CITIES (@CITIESONLINE) for updated open source documents.

WANT MORE INFO ON WASTED?

We can’t do all this alone. Community is key. Without it, we get nothing. We give nothing. And nobody likes getting WASTED alone. Luckily, there’s a place for just about everybody to get WASTED. For more on how to sign-up, get in touch and read an overview of all the project’s facets, visit our new website:

WASTED IS ONLINE! VISIT AT WASTEDLAB.NL (CLICK HERE!)
You can also read more about how the project developed since its beginning in January 2015 here on CITIES’ website by following these links:

Phase 1: The Design Club

Phase 2: The School Package

Phase 3: The Reward System

And check out the first edition of the Design Club’s Open Source Report, which will be followed-up on with a detailed overview of the final designs and process realized by our Block Squad, and being implemented at the Laboratory.

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Text: Mehdi Comeau

Created on 09 June 2015

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