Design Tips for Recycling and Waste Disposal

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         Design Tips for Recycling and Waste Disposal
            According to the Environmental           from place to place depending on             Our accessory manufacturers           kitchen, a chute can be installed
            Protection Agency, the average           the local need.                          have been paying attention, so            that allows the cook to deposit these
                             American produces           There are several other points       we have a variety of options to           items directly into the appropriate
                             about 4.4 pounds        to discuss. Who will be the main         suit this purpose. In addition to         bin (www.envirotrashconcepts.
                             of garbage a day,       recycler? If it’s the 10 year old,       trash compactors, options to help         com). This is also where the
                             or a total of 29        we need to plan a space that is          reduce the space requirements for         supplies needed to prepare
                             pounds per week         convenient to him or her, and            recycling include new appliances          recyclables such as twine, scissors,
                             and 1,600 pounds        perhaps not in the mainstream of         on the market that organize and           bags and ties can be stored.
                             a year. Statistics      everyone else.                           crush or compact their contents               Beyond the obvious metal, glass,
                             always have more            What will be recycled and where      (see www.ecopod.org, www.                 paper, cardboard and plastic, there
                             impact when given a     will it be collected? How often do       modeproducts.com).                        are often programs for household
                             frame of reference,     the recycled collections get picked          Composting probably brings            items no longer needed or used
 Mary Jo Peterson so consider this:                  up or dropped off? What needs to be      the greatest reluctance on the            – everything from appliances or
 CKD, CBD, CAPS              With the garbage        near or in the kitchen and what can      part of clients unfamiliar with           clothing to cars. While we don’t
                             produced in America     be elsewhere? Is there an interest       contemporary options. Every               need a recycle bin for automobiles,
            alone, you could form a line of          in composting, and what are the          retailer from Target to Williams-         in a given household, a bin in the
            filled-up garbage trucks and reach       client’s concerns about it?              Sonoma has compost bins or                laundry area for clothes or for
            the moon.                                    Thorough recycling becomes           buckets with sealed lids and              hangers to be recycled, or a cabinet
                 With our impact on the              much less complicated and more           charcoal filters built in to eliminate    in the mud room for other household
            environment making daily                 likely to succeed if we plan carefully   odors and pests. These are typically      items may be a desired addition.
            headlines, there’s a demand for          for a system that fits the clients’                                                    Since paper waste makes
            change in the way we reduce,             living patterns.                                                                   for about 35 percent of the total
            recycle and dispose of our waste.                                                   Perhaps if designers                    material filling up landfills, it is
            Not all, but a good part of it is        BIN CONFIGURATION                                                                  well worth the effort to plan a
            generated in or near the kitchen,        Having established local recycling         make it easier, cleaner                 space for collecting news and other
            so there’s an opportunity for            processes, we’ll know how many                                                     paper. This can likely be away from
            kitchen designers to better address      bins will be needed, and of those,         and more convenient,                    the kitchen proper, but near the
            recycling and waste disposal. The        how many in the kitchen proper.                                                    entrance where mail is brought
            results could not only improve the       Because local systems may change           better recycling habits                 in, probably the mud room or
            function of the kitchen, but also        with time, it’s good to design in                                                  family foyer. Separate from paper,
            increase the recycling and cut down      some flexibility.                          will become the norm.                   cardboard and plastic packaging
            on that trail of garbage we’ve been          One common configuration is                                                    will n
				
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Description: With our impact on the environment making daily headlines, there's a demand for change in the way we reduce, recycle and dispose of our waste. Not all, but a good part of it is generated in or near the kitchen, so there's an opportunity for kitchen designers to better address recycling and waste disposal. The results could not only improve the function of the kitchen, but also increase the recycling and cut down on that trail of garbage we've been leaving.
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