Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows, in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery, invite the public to an interactive presentation of new residential recycling tools. The presentation will take place at Carver Library Branch on Monday, May 8th, from 6:30-8:00 pm. During this free public event, they will share variations of recycling messages, discuss project failures and successes, and offer residents the chance to try out the new tools and ask questions.
This presentation wraps up a project that gathered insight into Austin residents’ viewpoints about recycling and composting. The project developed plans for improving print and digital resources to educate residents, and tested new messages and potential solutions to support Zero Waste.
The project started with meeting Austinites in their homes to learn about their habits, perceptions, and knowledge around recycling. Residents took researchers on a tour of their home recycling systems, pointing out what was easy or challenging. The collection of these stories and observations form the foundation of the research learnings and guided the development of new recycling tools and messaging. The team tested new tools and products with Austin residents throughout the design process. This specialized form of research and design supplements other types of research and program design that is typically used by City departments.
Event: Designing Practical, Fun Recycling Tools for Austin Residents
Hosts: Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellowship and Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Our goal is to reach Zero Waste by 2040, which means reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent.
The City of Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows Program is an opportunity for passionate and civic-minded researchers, designers and developers to bring the principles, values and practices of the technology sector into government. For more information about Austin Resource Recovery visit austinrecycles.com and for more information about the Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows program you can visit https://cityofaustin.github.io/innovation-fellows/
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