Trash, litter, rubbish. Disposing of materials we no longer want or can no longer use generates waste. Common kinds of waste include municipal solid waste, wastewater, and hazardous waste. This is a page dedicated towards the development and exploration of Public Lab tools and resources to help understand the world of waste. Ideas range from landfill monitoring and mapping landfills to developing a trash can with built-in scale and household composting bin. _Lead image: @a1ahna, CC BY SA_ ### Questions [questions:waste] ### Activities [activities:waste] ### Research notes [notes:waste] ### Projects and resources: - Tracking Boston's municipal solid waste (from Claire): https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=forums&srcid=MDg4NzcxNDk1MTQ0NzAzNDA0MjMBMDA1MDI1MTE0MjY5MzA5OTEyOTUBTXo5VHRzM2lTdnNKATQBAXYy - EPA Database of landfill locations. Includes a record of historical/current violations of environmental policy: http://echo.epa.gov/?redirect=echo - Landfill Club: Project from EcoHack 2014. has more data about landfills in MA. Note: This doesn't show historic landfills: http://landfill.club - Massachusetts' closed landfills. Page with info on Mass's closed landfills that might be helpful for you: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/solid/landfills-transfer-stations-and-compost-sites.html - Basurama- A small study of waste places in Cambridge: http://meipi.org/cambridgewaste.categories.php It was part of the exhibition at MIT: http://basurama.org/transtrash/projects/ from Basurama. Map can be found here: http://meipi.org/cambridgewaste.map.php?id_entry=30 - Find a Landfill Near You http://landfills.herokuapp.com/ (in progress) This is something made by Nick Johnson with data from the EPA. It includes landfills as well as any facility licensed to handle msw. The idea here to was to find a landfill near you. - MIT's Senseable City Lab TrashTrack http://senseable.mit.edu/trashtrack/index.php?id=1 Their project tracks where trash actually goes using GPS-enabled tools. This seems related to but potentially separate from identifying where the landfills are. Might be an interesting peripheral study. Also, there are some interesting data visualizations of specific trash items here: http://senseable.mit.edu/trashtrack/visualizations.php?id=2 - Crowdcrafting project to identify landfills from satellite images, http://crowdcrafting.org/app/landfill/ - Open Trash Lab, http://www.opentrashlab.com/projects ### Challenges: Ideas for monitoring landfills: #### Wifi Enabled Trashcan Scale (concept) This trashcan has a builtin scale which automatically logs its daily weight online wirelessly. This joins the group 'internet of things' but could help keep track of exactly how much trash an individual or household produces. Could also be implemented into workplaces. Steps to build: 1) Hack digital scale to add wifi capabilities. 2) Design method in which a trash can is placed on top *tracking daily waste numbers across communities could be tremendously useful in understanding more precisely how much municipal solid waste is produced annually. #### Landfill Monitoring Kit This kit will include items needed to take a small soil sample in order to test for various toxins, metals, etc... A water monitoring kit - for nearby waterways to test for contaminates in the water. (These are just suggestions for monitoring landfills. I actually have no idea what would be useful) #### Landfill Methane Mapping Methane Balloons? - Landfills are a leading source in methane emissions across the country. Could we attach lowcost methane sensors to balloons and "Methane Map" landfills? #### Landfill Identification and Tracking The Environmental Protection Agency has a database containing data about all of the landfills in the country. It would enlightening to gather citizen stories and documentation of each of these landfills aside from the EPA database. This initial map was created to use the EPA database to locate all of the landfill in the country on one map. Users can then identify nearby landfills and see, via google maps, what the landfill is like from above. Expanding this map to include citizen gathered data on each landfill individually help formulate a better understanding of landfills around the country. Current [example](http://landfills.herokuapp.com/) #### Home Composting Kit I'm sure everybody and their brother has thought about this, but when I try and find something online, nothing exists. The home composting kit would be everything you need to easily compost at home. I imagine the kit to be similar to a trash can, but with many various levels to allow for the various steps in composting. - To be totally honest, I only have a basic understanding of how to compost but I fully believe there must be a simple way (via a product) to help people with in-house composting. - Maybe something like [this](http://www.naturemill.net/products.html). Useful [scientific research](http://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=dXNX4cOMqDUC&oi=fnd&pg=PR13&dq=composting&ots=LrhIRSbR1Y&sig=jKlrJ9f23HtEqKXz9-Iso9Guc5w#v=onepage&q=composting&f=false) #### Wall-E Robot to collect waste This is all about making a Wall-e stye robot to collect and process waste. This is interesting in both bringing the character to life which represents the 'solution' to our increasingly growing waste stream as well as actually making a robot that could collect waste more efficiently. I also see potential for creating a mascot for waste as well as an opportunity to push the waste conversation forward. Next steps: Design a diagram of what this robot would do. Ideas: simple moving trash can, add environmental sensors, focus on one item (organics or aluminum can crusher), maybe it is a mini waste to energy robot to power your home? etc... ...

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smyckeskrin "i don't understand your question " | Read more » about 2 years ago
sinomin_wang "Sure! I'll do a bit of research into this and report back :) Junhua is an expert in concrete mixer equipment and pump equipment, including all kind..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
denissebn_06 "@sarasage Hope this is helpful to you. " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
fongvania "According to this article, Analysis and modeling of vadose zone gas transport : modeling methane emissions from landfills, their Landfill Methane E..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
fongvania "Sure! I'll do a bit of research into this and report back :) " | Read more » about 3 years ago
stevie "Great!! Thanks for posting this. @fongvania wondering if you can dig into this one a little bit? " | Read more » about 3 years ago
bhamster "Sounds like a neat project! For the first part of your question, are there specific compounds in food waste that you're interested in detecting? I..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
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liz "There are some glazes that are still not fit for use as drinking vessels or for holding food. We are going to send this around to some pottery stud..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
permaculturegardener "It very much does reburning, It reaches tempatures that can not be reached by many form of fuel, it can reach in what in cermics is called cone 1..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
liz "Does your kiln do "re-gasification"? Like, pulling in the smoke/fumes/vapor/gases that are released and burning them also? Like a rocket stove? If ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
permaculturegardener "@liz I thank you so much for your response. We do not really have that here, and considering the track record of how the authoritys in Ecuador dea..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
liz "Does your area have organized hazardous waste pickup or management, such as for motor oil, paint, e-waste, etc? If so, you could contact them and f..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
HarshK " Update! Edge Detect Module completion pr has been merged into the main branch. Demo for the module is available here https://harshithpabbati.gith..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
HarshK "If you couldn't upload an image when I first uploaded the link, that has been fixed now. You can upload images. Just be sure to clear the cache. I ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
HarshK " Please note that in the link provided above, the page will not look proper. This is because there is a bug in image sequencer code itself. This wi..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
HarshK " Hello guys! Update! A working UI for new edge-detect module is available here https://harshkhandeparkar.github.io/image-sequencer/examples/legacy/ " | Read more » over 5 years ago
HarshK " If this thread is still valid, the edge-detect module is going to change soon. In the PR https://github.com/publiclab/image-sequencer/pull/771 , s..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Zooniverse link! https://www.theplastictide.com/blog-1/2017/4/24/launching-our-tagging-website-2-days-to-go " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "And just to link to what @amirberAgain mentioned about automatic particle detection in #silica #dust pollution: https://publiclab.org/notes/amirbe..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
amirberAgain "Another ask /suggestion : place particles on a polarized film sheet illuminated from below, image with a cross polarizer to remove the background. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Got some good feedback from @maxliboiron from Newfoundland and http://civiclaboratory.nl -- @maxliboirox: You can't. Not with any accuracy. A few ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
tech4gt " More info here " | Read more » over 6 years ago
amirberAgain "Another ask/ suggestion would be to image using black/uv light, most plastics would show strong signs of fluorescence which might help descriminati..." | Read more » over 6 years ago