INNOVATION: Game-based waste disposal system for kids.

16. Mai 2019 | Waste, Initiatives, Social | via Core77.com

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The lesser waste students produce, the more Rens they can save, the higher chance they and the winning class will get the reward at the end of WRW. (Credit: core77.com)

Throwise is a new waste disposal system for elementary schools that alters the ordinary interaction between students and waste bins through a game-based strategy.

Inspired by the concept "pay-as-you-throw" which is not yet implemented in Toronto, students will have to pay using Ren, a new currency, depending on the type(s) of waste they produce.

According to an article on core77.com the campaign is proposed to be launched as a pilot run during Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada 2019. The lesser waste students produce, the more Rens they can save, the higher chance they and the winning class will get the reward at the end of WRW.

The aim of this campaign not only helps our next generation make better choice of what they throw but also reduce "throw-it-for-granted" attitude while they are growing up to achieve the ultimate goal of waste reduction.

According to the world bank report, it is found that the amount of solid waste will be double by the year 2025 even though most Canadian today have started a good habit of recycling. However, research said that many Canadian have been recycling in a wrong way due to confusion, ignorance and laziness which led to high contamination in blue bins. In this increasingly technological world, there are lots of new types of packaging which are actually difficult for many recycling program to handle.

Under this throwaway culture, we have been producing lots of waste and we wanted to recycle things right but it turned out to be contamination, making recycling mistakes. Why we made our life even harder?

When thinking about 3Rs, Reducing always comes as the top priority. Waste minimization is the core solution to address the problem at the source. As a grown up, it is hard for most of us to make changes that we are not used to because we have already developed our lifestyle. But a good eco-minded habit is easy to be cultivated when we were still young.

Throwise (throw-wisely) is a gamification of disposing waste to help elementary school students reduce waste. They need to pay for what they throw using a new currency called "Ren". All original bins will be replaced by the smart bins (garbage, recycle and green). Garbage costs three Rens; recyclable costs two Rens; organic waste only costs one Ren. The aim is to raise their awareness of what they produce and make better choice of what they use. The lesser waste they produce, the more Rens they can save, the higher chance they can win the reward eventually by redeeming their Rens. It also helps them develop a good concept of money management and saving.

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