Let’s Sort it Out: Tackling Waste Contamination to Increase Recycling

Course: BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
Working together with Council Officers and residents of Kilburn Vale and Chalcots Estates in the London Borough of Camden, BA (Hons) Product Design students, supported by tutors and Public Collaboration Lab (PCL) researchers, explored how product design can contribute to making it easier and more rewarding to separate waste effectively.

‘Contamination’ (failing to separate our waste effectively) is a major barrier to increasing reuse, recycling, compositing and reducing costs. If waste materials are not separated appropriately then they cannot be recycled cost effectively. Similarly organic waste cannot be composted if it contains too many non-organic materials.

Working together with Camden housing estate residents and London Borough of Camden officers, the BA Product Design students from Central Saint Martins explored the question how can product design contribute to addressing these challenges, making it easier and more rewarding to separate our waste effectively? They delivered a set of visualised insights and concepts, alongside produce and service design proposals.

This project demonstrated new ways of working with service users as active participants in shaping the future of services, rather than passive consumers of changes to services.

Close up of a rubbish filled netted bag on door handle and a hand placing a plastic cup in the netting


Chloe Griffith
Centre Manager
+44 (0) 20 7514 8537

Email : c.griffith@csm.arts.ac.uk

Chryssi Tzanetou
Development Manager
+44 (0) 20 7514 8716

Email : c.tzanetou@arts.ac.uk
Design Against Crime Research Lab,
Central Saint Martins,
1 Granary Square,