Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with the Reverse Vending Machine

2021-04-21T21:00:16-07:00 April 21st, 2021|Energy & Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, Issue I, Lifestyle, Volume XXI|

Abstract The reverse vending machine offers an alternative way to recycle bottled containers in an efficient, convenient, and incentivizing way. This mechanism is easy to manage, conveniently placed, efficient, and resourceful at recycling. Due to its simplistic process and positive intention of helping the environment, the reverse vending machine is becoming popularized worldwide.   What Are [...]

Unorthodox and Recycled Materials – The Architecture of the Future

2021-04-21T20:58:45-07:00 April 21st, 2021|Building & Architecture, Energy & Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, Issue I, Volume XXI|

Abstract Waste from construction and demolition debris experienced a 420 percent spike between 2005 and 2017 [1]. To minimize the built environment’s negative impacts, architects and engineers can manipulate the rules of conventional construction to replace ordinary materials with recycled ones. Through the lens of conventional masonry construction, industry professionals can replace bricks with recycled [...]

Recycling: Breaking it Down

2021-04-21T20:55:13-07:00 April 21st, 2021|Energy & Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, Issue I, Material Science, Recycling, Volume XXI|

Abstract The blue recycling bins that we throw our cardboard and plastics away in have made recycling extremely convenient, but what actually happens to the materials we put in these bins? First, the mixture of materials must be sorted using a combination of manual and automated processes. Relying on the laws of physics, the machines [...]