Re-imagined Litter Baskets for New York City


The New York City Department of Sanitation has teamed up with Van Alen Institute and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), to unveil a re-imagined litter basket. Included in the panel as well is the American Institute of Architects. Basket designs were submitted as part of the “BetterBin” Competition. The competition provided designers an opportunity to rethink the city’s existing wire mesh bins.

The litter and recycling baskets designed by two participants in the contest, Group Project and Smart Design, are to be placed throughout the city. The trial period may run as long as 90 days.

Peter Schon, Chairman of IDSA, said, “New York City deserves purpose produced products, and the BetterBin Competition is doing just that.” The team designated by IDSA to head up the project is thrilled to see the amount of research and imaginative thinking that has gone into such a utilitarian product. The team went on to say they have a lot to learn yet, but they feel confident they can end up with a solution worthy of a city like New York.

The Winning Criteria

The re-imagined bins are being placed in three different locations throughout the city. At the end of the contest period, a panel of judge’s will choose a winner. The decision of the panel will be based on public acceptance, performance, and feedback from sanitation workers. The winner gets an opportunity to contract with the city to refine the product and to ensure the bins are suitable for mass production.

NYC is growing rapidly. To address the way people, both residents and visitors, handle their waster is critical to having a clean, safe, and sustainable city. The contest organizers believe design is a tool that can help engage with the environment in new and unusual ways.

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Re-imagined Litter Baskets for New York City

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