The problem lies with the destruction of polystyrene boxes which adds into landfill. Throwing these out also reduces the space available inside the garbage bin, and my design aids this issue and also provides a system where recycling is also possible.
Anaerobic digestion is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. It is becoming more commonly used in the Industry to manage biodegradable waste, which reduces the emission of landfill gas into the atmosphere. More common practices with anaerobic digestion are small compost piles at home, or on a larger scale, the production of biogas which can be used directly as cooking fuel, or can be upgraded to natural gas-bio-methane.
What my PSS design provides is a system where it is able to eliminate polystyrene boxes and reduce increasing amount of trash going into landfill. The Re-Store is a polypropylene injected moulded storage unit, which is able to be retrofitted and used with current systems in place and provides a recycling service. It will work with current transportation methods by fitting into the racks inside the vans or trucks during transit. It can also withstand average cool room temps of -10 degree Celsius inside storage facilities.
The Re-Store unit is used as a replacement for the polystyrene boxes, where deliveries arrive in the morning with fresh produce and can be stored inside cool rooms or is ready for the fish to be brought in to be cleaned and processed. During cleaning, all unusable parts of the fish (such as fish heads, bones, scales) can be placed inside the Re-Store tub, and closed up and placed inside the cool rooms awaiting pick up the next day for recycling. The unit is then transported to recycling plants for recycling and once completed; it is then cleaned and shipped back for restocking and delivery of fresh produce to fish markets.