Tides is a project that develops a full circle of waste materials, utilising a local system to generating a service of collecting and returning plastic to circulation in order to cut off access to the sea.
Marine Debris is defined as all man-made waste that currently resides in the Marine environment. This is a growing issue with waste expected to outnumber fish by the year 2050. Through my research, I have discovered that removing the waste already in the ocean is not enough, with more needing to be done to halt the flow of waste into the ocean in the first place. From this, I have developed a project of recirculation. Tides is a full circle system of collection and reuse with the ultimate goal of reducing waste in the environment as a preventative measure to stop our rubbish becoming Marine Debris.
This project works to achieve this goal through a waste management system, alongside bins primarily designed for use in Asia where the highest levels of marine leakage originates. The product outcome includes a bin designed to fit into the context of narrow streets and little pedestrian space. They are entirely made up of recycled PET plastic water bottles collected locally and paired with a proposed service to ensure these will achieve their goal.
The bins themselves are in response to a lack of physical waste disposal facilities in the contextual area that contributes to the high levels of marine leakage and will work to house rubbish as well as educate both locals and tourists to make an informed decision about correct disposal by highlighting their own personal impact.
Tides pairs these bins with a service that utilises local waste management and other organisations to ensure that they will work properly in an area known for its severe rubbish pollution and create an easier job for waste management workers to eliminate marine leakage.