WASTE DISPOSAL AND ENERGY FROM WASTE
Explain your project in details:
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES • To create an environment where littering is abhorred and proper waste disposal becomes a lifestyle. • To create awareness of the waste hierarchy, following from disposal to recovery of energy. • To encourage tree planting as a means to halt land degradation, impact positively on climate change, and protect the terrestrial ecosystem. • To create a renewable source of energy; Energy from waste (EfW). INNOVATIVE APPROACHES • A thorough research (quantitative) on “Why people litter” would be carried out in my community. The findings obtained will inform the provision of the best practicable solutions for littering and waste disposal. • Continuous awareness on proper waste disposal will be key to sustainability of proffered solutions. Primary and secondary school children will be targets. Churches, hospitals, barracks, shopping malls and homes will not be left out. • “Green steps and tips” would be aired weekly on widely viewed channels (NTA and AIT) with the help of environmental agencies and media. • Tree planting and composting would be a project set out for every High school final year student as part of the academic requirements for graduation. • The educational board will be lobbied to add this project to the academic curriculum of all private and public schools under the subject “Agricultural Science”. • Most of the clean (green) initiatives would be carried in the form of games and competitions. For instance, the activity tagged “Clean like a champion” would involve a relay race in the public consisting of teams of 3 players (volunteers and members of the public). This idea also improves the health and wellbeing of participants. • The “Green care; our social responsibility” will primarily target packaging industries, large shopping malls and supermarkets to enlighten them on the use of biodegradable (eco-friendly) food wrappers and shopping bags rather than plastic bags.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
• The idea spans Goals three, six, seven, eleven, thirteen and fifteen of the SDGs. Each phase as being mapped out will seek to educate vast majority of the public, create a climate of “green care” in the communities and state, outline sustainable patterns (that outlasts the present generation) of sanitation and improvement on habits and lifestyles. The research (of which sort has never been conducted in the state) would serve as a background study from which other studies may stem from. • Being a club of young volunteers, youths and teens would be encouraged to steer their exuberance into productive measures of service to humanity and protection of their immediate environment. Volunteers would have an edge over their peers in terms of knowledge and skills acquired, as well as noticeable impacts made. Although the idea of volunteering is not really valued in this part of the country as there are almost no channels available for such, the existence of this club would create enlightenment on its importance and advantages it offers in terms of employability. • The idea of “planting for greener environment” would see a great positive impact on climate change, desertification, restoration of land biodiversity and an overall greener environment. • The current landfill process does not help reduce land pollution and contamination (GHGs such as methane seep through to contaminate ground water). Greenhouse gas emissions are contributory to climate change and global warming. Incineration and eventually an EfW plant which would be projected for implementation would be a better measure of waste treatment and energy source for Rivers State. This would further reduce the use of generator sets (one of the major sources of air pollution in the city). Job opportunity the waste management/EfW facility would create is another benefit.
Sustainability and future plans
• An official affiliation and accreditation certificate would be sought from the Rivers state Ministry of Environment (RSMENV), NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency) and the RIWAMA (Rivers State Waste Management Agency). • For the community where we have begun implementation, the idea has been presented, acknowledged and accepted by the Local community stakeholders (Chiefs, Chairmen, Youth leaders and Elders). The next stage is the research. • All current members of the club have recently subscribed to be part of the NESREA ‘Green Corp Initiative’. • RSMENV/RIWAMA would be lobbied to assist in providing training/certificates on “Waste and Waste Management” for new volunteers joining the group. However, with some competent members in the club (two MSc holders in Environment related courses), internal training and update sessions would be conducted regularly at the club’s meetings. • Provision of materials (such as pickers, bins and bin carriers, High visibility vests, gloves, safety boots, pickers, etc) to enhance awareness, mobility and sanitation would be required from the RIWAMA. • Fundraisers would be organized using varieties of campaigns and mini projects. Funding would also be sought from the agencies aforementioned. Asides this, a business plan has been drawn that would sustain the club for each yearly project it would undertake even in the absence of external funding, except for the EfW project. • The current “Dunk the litter” project expected to span 2 years, beginning from July, 2017 to July 2019, covering the major communities and municipalities of Rivers State would be carried out in close collaboration with the RIWAMA. • The club will work in affiliation with environmental agencies as FORIN (Forest Research Institute of Nigeria) for the “tree planting campaign”. • The idea of EfW would be presented to the RSMENV through the commissioner for environment in the state and other relevant agencies for consideration.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ibiaye is a 25 years old Nigerian. He has always had the flair for cleanliness right from his High school days. He studied Microbiology as his undergraduate degree (Nigeria) and Health Safety and Environment as his Masters degree (UK). After his studies, he thought he could extend this 'cleanliness' to his environment…to implement all he had learnt, to give back to his community. He loves research and undertaking projects as this would be his second self-initiated project (first was a Career Guidance/Scholarship project in a Southern state, involving more than 32 schools and over 3,000 students). His exposure to projects brought him in contact/partnership with governmental agencies which helped improve his oral communication, time management and presentation skills, ability to work with goals and self-set deadlines, self-motivation, and team work. Furthermore, working in a leading NGO (in same state) as a Resource person and an Assistant Program Director improved his organizational capacity skills, project management, research data collection and analysis, and public speaking skills. Fortunately, he believes he is nifty at marketing ; showing off an idea and getting buy-ins from people or organizations, even if it is an object to be sold. As a jovial person, gathering people around his community to perform a task does not seem difficult. These qualities would help in future tasks/projects that the club would undertake.