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How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?
Community Recycling Centers (updated 19 Dec)Community Recycling Centers in each town would be managed by the residents or Town Councils, and serve as a community space and platform where residents can come together to learn and participate in reducing, reusing and recycling waste materials.
Each town would have a Community Recycling Center (CRC) to complement the National Recycling Programme (NRP) and to promote community 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) participation.
The CRC would preferably be managed by the residents or Town Councils, and serve as a community space and platform where residents can come together to learn and participate in reducing, reusing and recycling waste materials. Residents and schools in the community can volunteer to run the CRC, and engage other residents to take part in the activities held at the CRC.
The CRC is a physical space (about 0.5 - 1 ha size) and includes 3 core activities:
- Bulk recycling bins for collection of common recyclables from residents, such as paper, plastics, metals, glass, clothing, electrical and electronic items (to be sold to recycling companies or sent to existing NRP contractors).
- Collection of food waste from residents (to be composted onsite using composter machine or normal composting, or sent to anaerobic digestion plants for producing energy).
- Collection of used cooking oil (to be sent to plants for producing biodiesel).
2) Reduce and Reuse
- Educate residents and students about waste minimisation and recycling, with posters, hands-on activities, and site tour.
- Collection of used furniture for repairing and refurbishing onsite (refurbished furniture are sold to residents or given to needy).
- Tool library for the lending of common tools to residents to help them fix and repair items, and could include power, hand, wood, painting, and plumbing tools.
- Conduct training classes on DIY skills (eg. how to repair computers and handphones, fix lighting and water systems, carpentry and home renovation skills, etc) for the residents to learn new skills and also to make a living.
- Workshops to teach residents on upcycling and making recycled crafts for sale. They can reuse the material collected at the CRC and have access to the tools.
3) Flea Market
- Held every weekend at the CRC to sell the refurbished furniture and recycled crafts
- Provide platform for residents interested in selling their unwanted stuff, or to give away or exchange unwanted items with other residents.
The CRC could be operated as a social enterprise to provide jobs for needy residents in the community. Revenue would come from the sale of recyclables and refurbished furniture. Extra revenue could also come from providing advertising space to companies at the CRC.
To attract residents to bring down their recyclables to the CRC, residents would be
given credits for their recyclables and these credits could be exchanged for food and
products. The food and products could be sponsored by companies and the programme could be operated as part of a company’s corporate social responsibility activities.
In addition, the CRC could be designed as a green center with the following features:
- Use of natural and recycled building material
- Use of natural daylight and natural ventilation
- Generating energy from solar panels
- Use of energy efficient lights and appliances
- Rainwater harvesting for non-potable usage
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Residents and schools in the community can volunteer to run the CRC, and engage other residents to take part in the activities held at the CRC.
The CRC would serve as a community space and platform where residents can come together to learn and participate in reducing, reusing and recycling waste materials.
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How easy would it be for citizens to get involved and take initiative for this idea?
|Very easy; this would rely on ground-up participation from the beginning.|
|Somewhat easy; there are ways for citizens to get involved, but an outside organiser may be needed to sustain and grow this concept.|
|This concept needs to be led and maintained by the government or private business.|
Can you build this concept on top of something that already exists, like an organisation, physical space, or system?
|Yes. This could fold into, or extend from, something that already exists.|
|This concept taps existing networks for a few things, but also needs a lot of new processes, materials, relationships, etc.|
|This concept requires a new system to be built to support it.|
After the initial launch and support, could this concept be sustained and cared for over time by the community it's designed to serve?
|Absolutely! This concept is easy to keep going.|
|It depends. There are opportunities for growth, but it's not yet clear how the concept would thrive after launch.|
|Probably not. A lot of effort would be needed to keep this concept going.|
Does this concept create community?
|Yes. It naturally brings people together and inspires them to take care of one another.|
|There is potential to create a thriving community.|
|No. It doesn't galvanize people to come together for a common cause or interest.|
Overall, how do you feel about this concept?
|It rocked my world.|
|I liked it but preferred others.|
|It didn't get me overly excited.|
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