Fater (Europe)

Creating smart bins for recycling nappies

Project — Sustainable product design

Sector — Consumer goods

What to solve

Recovering secondary raw materials from nappies.

How we solved

Design a smart bin to minimise the costs of collection services and offer users a user-friendly service.

Related UN Sustainable Goals

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

A tool to encourage recycling nappies

Personal absorbent products, such as nappies, make up 3-4% of municipal waste.

In 2017, FaterSmart inaugurated in Italy the first plant capable of handling up to 10,000 tonnes/year of used absorbent products, transforming them into new secondary raw materials.

In this context, it was essential to provide users and operators with a collection tool that encourages the separate collection of this type of waste. FaterSmart involved HENRY & CO. in the design of a Smart Bin dedicated to nappy recycling.

The material research for sustainable features

Nowadays, urban furniture requires more attention to material research and to detail to allow its integration in any city context.

In the choice of materials to be used, not only their ecological properties were taken into account, but also those of processing, assembly, maintenance and durability.

Sustainable design aims to design a product which is eco-friendly in its entire life cycle.

In Verona, Smart Bins are now an integral part of the urban context as a point of reference for separate waste collection. The installation of these new bins has continued around Europe too, starting from Amsterdam and Paris.

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