Designing a retrofittable attachment to community dustbins that cleans the vicinity of the dustbin
In Indian metro cities, the amount of garbage generated is increasing in every neighbourhood and locality. This causes a major problem in areas where garbage collection happens through large community dustbins, namely the scattering of garbage around these bins due to overflow, human negligence and animal interference. This is an unsightly and unhygienic affair which affects the aesthetic appearance of the urban environment, and causes community problems like breeding of pathogens, disease vectors like mosquitoes, flies and rats, and gathering of stray animals.
Due to the sheer number of dustbins present in a city, a large amount of manual labor is required just to clean the areas around each dustbin. Moreover, this cleaning happens only during garbage collection. The objective is to address this issue with a fully automatic mechanical system that periodically cleans the area around municipal dustbins and yet be robust and accessible.
The product was divided into three parts,
I was chiefly responsible for the timing module, and I came up with a hourglass concept that would use the lifting motion of the bin when the garbage is picked up by the municipality to reset the clock. The time duration was decided as 24 hours. An image of the concept can be found below.
The prototype was presented to the entire department of Engineering Design at the Product Design lab, and was evaluated by various professors in the department. It was a highly successful presentation, helping us obtain an ‘S’ grade in the course, which is the equivalent of a 10 GPA.