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When Things Go Wrong

Design Features

Airport Bins


In an effort to streamline the problem of sorting waste at Melbourne Airport, segregated rubbish bins were introduced.

The idea is one bin fits under Waste and the other under Recycling. The public drop their rubbish into the appropriate bin and, when the cleaning staff empty the bins, everything is pre sorted.

The problem is, whoever designed the bins made the outer container square so the two rectangular,  inner bins can go the correct way around or, as seen here, 90 degrees out of alignment – meaning no one knows what to put where.

Square inner bins and a rectangular outer container would have solved the problem.

Author – John Lovett

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