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The Radschaft Project

Biowaste does not belong in the garbage, but should be recycled. For this reason, the Radschaft pilot project started with the collection of biowaste from private households.

Biowaste does not belong in the garbage, but should be recycled. For this reason, the Radschaft pilot project started with the collection of biowaste from private households. Its aim is to use municipal resources more efficiently and sustainably and to support the local ecological recycling of nutrients by composting biowaste. Radschaft wants to achieve an acceptance of biowaste by society. It wants to identify, develop, and implement the necessary infrastructures in the existing material flows.

For low-noise, mobile, and CO2 - neutral use, cargo bicycles with trailers are used. In addition, a garage was developed to protect the cargo bicycles against weather and theft. Three used IBCs (liquid containers) were converted in a pragmatic way. The secondary use of existing structures and the design geared to the process thus make it possible to adapt the system to the needs of the project without any effort on the part of customers. In order to avoid empty runs and, at the same time, be able to offer an extended service, local products are included in the delivery offer. By contributing to the production of local compost and, at the same time, purchasing regional products, users become active participants in the food and nutrient cycles.

In a first test phase, the project is limited to individual streets in the Gundeldingen neighbourhood. If feasible, it is to be improved and extended to the entire Gundeldingen district and, later, to the entire Basel area.

Authors:
Raphael Hirschi, Benedikt Elmaleh, Sara Vulovic, Joshua Theurich
Institute HyperWerk, BA project, 2019

The project was developed by students of the HyperWerk Institute and is supported by the Radschaft Association.
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