In an era where environmental sustainability is paramount, this engineering design challenge focuses on developing an eco-friendly holiday light recycling program. With millions of holiday lights discarded each year, often ending up in landfills, this challenge is not just timely but essential for promoting a greener holiday season.
Participants are tasked with designing an innovative and sustainable program for recycling old or broken holiday lights. The goal is to minimize environmental impact while ensuring the process is feasible and efficient.
Inspired by the children's book "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss, which emphasizes the importance of caring for the environment, this challenge situates participants in a real-world scenario where holiday lights significantly contribute to environmental waste. Participants should consider the entire lifecycle of holiday lights, from production to disposal, and the challenge they pose to waste management and recycling systems.