Students at the University of Lincoln's school of engineering are competing to designing a recycling bin as part of their coursework. The Design4Recycling competition is being organised in partnership with Louth-based technical plastics recycler and compounder Luxus.
Peter Atterby, managing director at Luxus, said: “We believe that it's important for industry and universities to work closely together, giving students ‘real world' design problems to solve; encouraging them to think sustainably and at the same time creating stronger relationships.
“Engineering however, is facing a technical workforce shortage that's forecast for many years to come, so we wanted to help prevent talent haemorrhaging from Lincolnshire. With this in mind we approached the University of Lincoln which happens to have the UK's first new school of engineering in 20 years.”
The students will create concepts for a recycling bin to help the plastics and waste industries improve recycling rates. And Luxus wants the students to think sustainably at the beginning of their design projects by considering the materials they use, safety, ergonomics and ease of deconstruction at ‘end of life'.
Jonathan Lawrence, professor of laser materials processing at the University of Lincoln, said: “We're really pleased to collaborate with Luxus on this project, particularly since it poses a true industry issue to challenge our students.”
The students' designs will be judged in the summer term and the winner will receive a laptop from Luxus to help support their future studies.