Robogators Team #6438

FLL Theme 2015: Trash Trek


Project Problem Statement

According to the EPA 0.04% of household garbage is hazardous material and it’s ending up in the subtitle D landfills. Also, 4 pounds of hazardous waste is thrown away each year per household in the U.S., which adds up to a total of about 530,000 tons per year. In Snohomish county 0.06% of single family hazardous waste is found in the regular or recycled garbage. When one hazardous material ends up in regular trash or recyclables, everything is contaminated. When the materials end up in the landfill and crushed they can leak into ground water. Other solutions exist, but they are potentially unsafe or inconvenient.

 

Innovation:
HHB - Household Hazardous Bin

Our solution to the problem is the HHB - Household Hazardous Bin, a bin and a process for the safe storage and the proper disposal of hazardous waste.

The 20 gallon bin is made of yellow, recyclable, high density polyethylene. The interior is sprayed with an anti-corrosive and heat resistant paint. Inside the bin is a bag made of a recyclable heat resistant polyethylene that is pre-sprayed with a coat of grease. Inside the scientifically proven compound made of clay, fiber, and calcium carbonate that neutralizes and soaks up chemicals. This compound is a precautionary measure in case of spills or leaks. The bin is topped off with a pressure and temperature gauge, a pressure release valve, and handles for people with arthritis. The home user would write the date on an Accumulation Start Date sticker and place it into the outside bin pocket. Sealed containers of hazmat items are place inside the special bag. When the home user is ready to dispose and the gauges show it’s safe to open the bin, they place the sticker on the bag and leave it for curbside pickup or take it to a special hazmat processing site.

Implementation

The HHB (the Household Hazmat Bin) will make the disposal of household hazardous waste easier, safer, and more convenient.

We made a prototype that costs $64.78 to produce. We plan to work with local companies to manufacture the HHB unit, possibly subsidized by the government to bring the cost down through mass production.

We started to meet with Waste Management companies to show them how the HHB can be integrated with the weekly garbage and recycle schedule.

Our product will revolutionize and encourage the proper disposal of household hazardous waste by making it safe and convenient.

 



How To Use the Bin

Robot Missions Video

Here's is our runs for State competition 1/30/16

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