Product: City of Helsinki litter bins; Agency: Creadesign; Territory: Helsinki, Finland

In Finland the annual amount of waste produced per person has increased from 250kg to 500kg in the past 20 years. So the city of Helsinki needed new litter bins. These bins also had to contend with the city’s freezing conditions in winter, and with vandalism.

Helsinki design firm Creadesign, which designed the city’s bins 20 years ago, was briefed to create the new ones.

To cope with the increase in waste, Creadesign made the latest bins not only double the size, but gave them a wider mouth. This allows them to take large pizza and beer boxes, which were less prevalent in the early 1990s.

Being twice the size, the city of Helsinki estimates that these bins will only need to be emptied half as often as the previous ones, which will save on costs.

The new bins have caps that prevent snow and rain getting in. This means that the contents no longer solidify into a frozen “cake”, which is very difficult to extract.

To help prevent vandalism, the cap is inclined, which stops people from standing on the bins. And they are coated in a grainy paint, which is more difficult to stick flyers to than normal paint.

Creadesign’s new bins are being installed this year, to coincide with Helsinki’s role as World Capital of Design.

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