waste dock

Marianne Mentink

The local Maldivian islands have a big waste problem. Beaches and local areas are used as a dumping space for waste. Locals are working together with the UN to solve this problem.

Waste is not useless, it has value. But on these small islands, there is too little waste to create value. This design focusses on creating value by sharing resources like transportation and machines. A boat will connect the islands by collecting the waste. The boat has processing machines on-board to reduces the volume and transport as much waste as possible. Gathering the local waste at the harbor reduces transportation on the island and transshipment is fast and easy.

On the island metal, paper, wood, glass and plastic will be collected in the waste dock. Organic waste stays on the island, because it is valuable for the island itself. The waste is collected in tipping containers, so the content can be emptied very easily. These bins follow the entire process, from collection on the island to the transportation to Thilafushi.

The waste dock is a place where all the different types of waste can be treated as needed, before shipping off. On every island the size of the waste dock can be adjusted to the amount of waste.