Are you a designer interested in the three R's, the five boroughs, and the possibility of a fourth bin? Take part in the 4th Bin, an international design competition where your handiwork has the chance to become the face of a movement that aims to bring e-waste recycling to New York City. Until June 1 (July 19th if you aren't submitting online) send in your design concept for a 4th Bin logo and/or an e-waste actual recycling bin. Along with cash prizes, finalists have the chance of seeing their design gracing the trash collection area of every building in New York City. Pretty cool. Check out the guidelines here.  

The 4th Bin competition is sponsored by Valiant, along with Core77, Metropolis, and others; it's judged by Scott Henderson, Aki Ishida, and additional design and architecture luminaries. Again, the intent of the competition is to see that clearly labeled recycling bins meant exclusively for e-waste are placed in building across New York City, and eventually across the country. According to the 4th Bin blog, the US generated over 2 million tons of electronic waste in 2005 with 250,000 tons coming from NYC alone. Typically, e-waste is discarded along with the regular trash. 

If you had a specific collection bin for electronic waste in your home, how long do you think it would take to fill it up? 

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

A fourth bin for the Five Boroughs
Design a logo and a collection bin as part of a competition that's aiming to beef up e-waste recycling in NYC.