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Developing a tool to sustain desired plastic waste separation behavior in Dutch hospitals.

Ovost, L.R.J. van (2020) Developing a tool to sustain desired plastic waste separation behavior in Dutch hospitals.

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Abstract:The plastic industry is the second largest and fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. 99% of what goes into plastic is derived from fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, and is therefore a key contributor to global warming. However, in healthcare, it is difficult to cut down on single-use plastics because of health and safety rules applied to medical devices and supplies. A method is proposed to implement better plastic waste separation within a hospital environment, such that the waste streams can be used by other companies to recycle certain types of plastic. Through theory and state of the art analysis, requirements are set for the system and its functions. After brainstorm sessions and selection, a model is selected to further work out into a working prototype. The proposed method uses a screen and cameras, as well as a set of ultrasound sensors to detect, inform and improve people’s waste separation behavior. Testing the proof of concept shows promising results towards a working system that could positively affect the waste separation within a hospital. Further developments would include a long-term test of the project and translation of the project into different sectors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 43 environmental science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82527
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