Srushti Kottai


Waste Co-op

We all generate different kinds of waste. A large percentage of which is food related. Whether it's leftovers, plate waste, spoiled food, vegetable peels or the packaging that comes with it. Once it goes to the bin, it is transported to the landfill through multiple modes. But most of the waste that is generated can be managed in such a way that the quantity of waste going to the landfill can be minimised. 

This project aims to create a sustainable self-sufficient community that manages its waste inside its premises and ensures that the minimum amount is sent to the landfill. It focuses on waste audits, collection, segregation and the movement of waste within the community. The organic wastes are composted, packaging recycled and others are diverted through donations and take-back programs. 

This apartment complex is a model for future development. It looks into the planning of waste material flow, reducing consumption, creating awareness and encouraging participation. Thus, creating a circular loop to reduce the waste going to the landfill.

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Initial explorations of photogrammetry as a tool to capture everyday objects and spaces. Food documentation to observe individual eating habits. Photogrammetric documentation of cooking and eating spaces.

Drawings of the PG kitchen from the Photogrammetric documentation made using Polycam and Matterport.

Analysis of the food related wastes generated in the PG.

Site selected for proposed design intervention

Site drawing, understanding the existing layout.

Site analysis: existing waste management system in the community and the proposed closed circular loop of community composting.

Waste Co-op, a community based sustainable waste management approach. Proposed design plan

Proposed design sections

Proposed design cross-sections

3d view of the proposed design

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