Street Trash Collector

Street Trash Collector

Photo of Street Trash Collector project team, (L to R): Yash Kankaria, Omar Elsherif, Collin Hartman, Taylor Forbush
Team Members (L to R): Yash Kankaria, Omar Elsherif, Collin Hartman, Taylor Forbush


Photo of Street Trash Collector

India is a land of disparities. It is the fastest growing nation in the world, yet the majority of its people lack access to clean drinking water and a basic sanitation infrastructure. To catapult India from the status of a developing nation to a developed nation, the Government of India has launched a novel program under the name of the Clean India Initiative. This initiative addresses seven basic sanitation and public health problems that are evident on a large scale in India. Implementing this scheme for a population of 1.2 billion people on seven varied fronts is no mean undertaking and this is where a team of MSU students believe they can make a difference.

Tasked with creating a trash cleaning machine, the team began by assessing the problem in the streets, and drafting numerous conceptual designs. After multiple iterations, the team came to a finalized design of a pedal powered brush mechanism that collected trash into a detachable cart. Since tricycles are quite common in India, the team utilized this transportation method in order to both ease the reproducibility and give the people a tool they are accustomed to.  In addition, the final prototype was designed with key parameters that included: Function and performance, human factors, product and operational cost, environmental conditions, operating instructions, and lastly, the personnel. With these in mind, the team strived to optimize the machine to be ergonomic for users, as well as maximize its trash collection. Although many additional iterations can take place, currently the prototype can pick up trash of less than two pounds, which are in the size range of a Tic Tac bottle to a 2-liter pop bottle.

A final design book will include recommendations on how to improve the aesthetics, performance, and ergonomics without compromising on the cost-effectiveness and local reproducibility. Once these finalized details reach the Indian party, the team will be eager to receive feedback, as well as offer improvement suggestions if applicable.

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