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Reverse engineering involves the process of reinventing a product, device or even technique of doing something through transforming their structure, operation or function. Therefore, a reverse engineer does not develop a product or technology from scratch; instead, the existing product or technology undergoes reverse engineering from the originally prepared product or technology. The reverse engineer restructures or reinvents the existing piece of technology or product through a backward approach in order to figure out how they work. Applying reverse engineering to a normal trash bin can lead to a better form of the trash bin that makes it easier for families and other people to put different components into their constituent compartments. Remodeling the normal trash bin in this way to create a design that allows the segregation of materials can ease the process of waste recycling. Reverse engineering the design of the initial device will lead to the introduction of outdoor trash bins that are bigger and have additional benefits for the public. The report will sum up the entire process that this project adopts and present the chosen design for the trash bin after reverse engineering.
The conventional or normal trash bin contains a single section where different categories of trash are placed. Its design does not support the inclusion of several sections or compartments for waste selection. Furthermore, the normal trash bin is smaller, which implies that it cannot support additional sections so that people can place diverse categories of waste in separate compartments. Therefore, the mixing of garbage in the normal trash bins undermines the recycling process since all categories of litter get mixed. One of the solutions would be providing common trash bins in greater numbers so that people could sort different categories of trash. However, such an approach would be uneconomical for most homes. Moreover, they would require additional space, which might not be available in most places or homes. Otherwise, recyclers have to segregate materials according to their composition and separate plastics, metals, glass and organic matter from each other. Failure to separate these components hinders recycling, which has adverse effects on environmental health. The presence of materials such as plastics within the environment creates hazards mostly because this substance is non-biodegradable (Thomson, 2009). Therefore, plastic wastes contaminate soils and water sources due to their composition while others pollute the air. Furthermore, failing to recycle such components leaves burning as the most suited means of eradication; however, this method releases gases that are harmful to animals, humans, plants and the environment in general. In addition, the presence of excessive trash can create health hazards because most places have to be turned into dumping sites, hence leading to human diseases and environmental pollution (Thomson, 2009).
Currently, plastic recycling continually fails to eliminate the quantities of plastic materials generated and discarded into the environment through the municipal solid waste disposal because of inadequate collection at the household level. Therefore, the presentation of trash bins that can promote separate waste collection can adequately address the plastic recycling dilemma, thus improving the recycling capacity (Unnisa & Rav, 2013). The outdoor trash bins can accommodate several sections or compartments for different trash categories. This is partly because they have a bigger space than the normal trash bins. Therefore, people can place common materials trash in a certain compartment so that wastes such as glass are not mixed with organic matter, which promotes recycling. Outdoor trash bins have to be reverse engineered first through the determination of the basic principle after which they can be subjected to a different mechanism so that they can include several sections or compartments. The new design has to address the need for separation of materials so that recycling garbage is easy. The new design should be practical, efficient and applicable to the different waste collection scenarios. The reverse engineering process ought to consider the various categories of waste that households produce and reproduce the same in the new design. The new design for the outdoor trash bin has to address the weaknesses of other similar devices, which lack labeling for the different trash categories and have inadequate space for introducing additional sections (Miller & Spoolman, 2008). Currently, recycling efforts are facing interruptions solely because citizens fail to deliver trash according to their product categories. Therefore, for recycling efforts to succeed, citizens have to separate their recyclables from other biodegradable trash (Miller & Spoolman, 2008). The new design delivers the most effective approach to separate trash collection through the provision of a single outdoor trash can with different compartments to hold wastes according to the product categories.
The project aims at summarizing the new design of a more practical and efficient outdoor trash bin that will help deliver a healthy and safe surrounding. The project will assist the public by making a difference in terms of improving the capacity to recycle wastes through the provision of design that allows them to place different wastes into their constituent product categories.
The project is important for recyclers and MSW management, as well as the public, because of the benefits that the new design will deliver. It will facilitate the fabrication of a new outdoor trash bin design that will promote waste categorization through the provision of different sections or compartments.