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Waste Diary: Last Week of November

Progress and Updates

Below you will find updates on regarding the composting facility at Mediamatic.

As of November 26:

- All bins have been emptied, fixed with new parts where needed.

- Bins have been numbered 1-4; New improved design are coming, along with instructions on how to use them printed on the lids, as well on the white buckets.

- Raked fallen tree leaves for the compost with fellow community garden member Betty.

- Kitchen staff feedback: Waste separation should start at the kitchen counter: the first contact point for used dishes (refer to picture below). White bucket (for compostable, organic waste: veg/fruits/leftover scraps) and regular black bin (for all other, non-compostable items: glass/plastics/tableset paper).

Also not clear who should be cleaning buckets/proper use of bins. Designs should address these concerns, and by explaining to  people.

- New online form created to keep track of green-bin status: to be used whenever a bin fills-up, or is emptied. 

 - Knowledge 101 Composting page has been updated for improved clarity and coherence.


Things left to do:

- Get waterproof container box for starter (and tablespoon)

- Design: finalize designs for the white buckets and green-bins.

- Idea: Analog bin status mechanism: Using a wheel/knob system with three statuses: Empty - In-Use - Full 




Kitchen corner for waste separation -

Here are some inspiring projects I've come across:

Mycoremediation is the practice of harnessing the power of fungi to clean contaminated environments: oil spills, degraded water and soils, pesticide contamination.

- Plastic recycling using mycelium Art & Science project:


Water-clean up using oyster myceliated straw that floats to absorb chemicals and heavy-metals from the water:

More on mycoremediation by Paul Stamets, using examples of oil-spill remediation with Oyster Mycelium: