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Excellent team skills ensure the project achieves its deliverables and milestones within the desired quality, schedule and technical performance. 1.2 Project overview This project uses economically, socially and environmentally sound recycling systems to reduce wastes generated by Vanuatu households. The project has two deliverables; developing a recycling shed and running an educational campaign targeting the 10 East Santo villages of Vanuatu. Santo has a population of 40,000 (2009 Census) people in an area of 3955.5 km2 and is located in the Sanma Province of Vanuatu (SPC 2009). These communities are vulnerable to widespread dumping of garbage on roads and backyards.
In response to this problem, this project will reduce waste through new and innovative solutions of up-cycling and transforming of wastes to useful products. The recycling process will involve; receiving wastes, separation and sorting, transforming and packaging. On the other hand, the element of education campaigns will involve awareness creation on innovative ways of waste recycling, overcoming of barriers and campaign promotion channels. Potential limitations and risks will be captured in the design strategy section. 1.3 Design strategy The choice of the design was based on the fulfillment of the following requirements; 1.3.1 Recycling shed The project intends to reduce rubbish dump on waste sites by setting up a recycling shed.
The location of the recycling shed is to be in an area where everyone within the community can access and use. The shed will be equipped with tools and machinery to turn waste into useful objects. Figure 1: Proposed design of the recycling shed Figure 2: Expected completed outlook of the recycling shed Construction: Locally treated wood, nails, hinges and sheet metal will be the key materials used in the construction of the recycling shed.
They will be made offsite and transported to the site so as to reduce the impact on the environment. This project is expected to take 3 months with an estimated $3,000. Standard dimensions for the construction of recycling sheds will be used.