HOLeD

Designing NYC’s trashcans for the next 100 years

Problem

NYC ubiquitous metal mesh trash cans were designed 90 years ago and need updates for the 21st century

OPPORTUNITY: Enhances the current bin while integrating ergonomic and material improvements.

TEAM MEMBERS: Sarah Templin, Ari Elefterin, Danielle Connelly, Gabriel Gonzalez, Gregory Beson
Use

The top opening deters illegal residential trash dumping and keeps trash from overflowing.

A grid of holes are strategically sized and placed to to deter rodents, allow drainage and provide sanitation workers with a variety of handles.
Sustainable for the environment

HOLEd adapts as the city moves towards a Zero Waste to Landfill future.

The bins gang together to convert into recycling and compost stations

An adjustable base screws into the perforation and can be moved over time to reduce its volume.
Sustainable for Workers

HOLeD retains the light weight of the current bin while integrating handles at a variety of levels to improve ergonomics for workers of differing heights. A concave base provides additional gripping options to better suit the common method of grabbing a can’s base for leverage.

 

HOLeD is a simple design for the NYC Sanitation Department with maximum adaptability for the needs of all five borough. Its equally sustainable for the environment and the city sanitation worker. 

 

 
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SUSTAINABLE FOR THE WORKER
HOLeD retains the light weight of the current bin while integrating handles at a variety of levels to improve ergonomics for workers of differing heights. A concave base provides additional gripping options to better suit the common method of grabbing a can’s base for leverage.

 
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SUSTAINABLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
HOLeD uses an energy efficient closed-loop manufacturing system and Cradle to Cradle-certified aluminum to significantly reduce NYC's expenses and carbon footprint. The bins can gang together to convert to recycling stations and a moveable base screws into the drainage holes and is adjusted over time to reduce its volume as the city moves to a zero waste to landfill future.

 

USE
The top opening perfectly fits the average bodega bag while deterring illegal residential trash dumping. A domed lid keeps trash from piling up and overflowing. A grid of holes are strategically sized and placed to to deter rodents, allow drainage and provide sanitation workers with a variety of handles and trash level visibility from 20 feet away. (2018)