Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
The major outcome of any textile industry is the waste water. Waste water is sent to the water treatment plants or to the ZLD(Zero liquid discharge) machines out of which water is treated and after treating the water is sent back to the rivers and the remaining things left is Sludge. Sludge resulting from wastewater treatment plants create problems for disposal. Generally, dewatered sludge are disposed of by spreading them on the land or by landfilling or dumping it into the dumping yards. However, for highly urbanized cities, sludge disposal by landfilling might not be appropriate due to the land limitations. The brick earth can be replaced with treatment plant sludge up to 40% by weight without losing its strength and other brick characteristics considered satisfactory for conventional purposes. The quality of bricks can be superior to the bricks made from earth alone and can be used for superior work of permanent nature. The addition of sludge to the soil serves the twin benefits of safe disposal of sludge from industry and conservation of brick making earth.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This idea is mainly focused on the textile industries present in Rajasthan, Gujarat etc. Let me take the example of textile industry hub in Rajasthan known as Pali. According to the recent article printed in News paper (Dainik Bhaskar) there are 6 treatment plants present in Pali which produces around 80-90 tons of sludge every day and disposal of sludge is a major issue over there. Government is spending crores of rupees for disposal of the sludge and the sludge is being disposed into the dumping yards present in Udaipur, Barmer, Jaisalmer etc. But statistics shows that around 6000 metric tons of sludge is still present in these treatment plants. As mentioned earlier this sludge can be used in making bricks, blocks, footpath blocks and dividers for the roads etc. India is a developing country. Government can use these bricks for constructing houses for people in need thus it will be an eco friendly method for disposal of waste as well as it will reduce land pollution since once sludge is being landfilled that land cannot be further bought into good use and it will also prevent earth digging for making bricks.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This idea will include one time investment but after setting up the brick manufacturing factory this will certainly be yielding fruitful results. The process of making bricks generally consists of the following steps: 1. Gathering, crushing, grinding, screening, and mixing the raw materials producing the brick. 2. The setting, drying, firing. 3. Packaging and inventorying is the final process in the manufacture of bricks. As Government is spending crores of rupees for transporting this sludge to the dumpyards, so the cost involved in dumping the sludge can be utilized for setting up the brick industry and alternative to this is collaboration with the existing cement manufacturing companies for the production of bricks.
My name is Vaibhav Mehta.I am 20 years old and resident of small town Pali, Rajasthan, India. Currently I am doing my Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from Sai Vidya Institute Of Technology, Bengaluru, India. I am recognized as one of the incubators in my college. I got the motivation to bring up this idea by analysing the current scenario of increasing urbanization thus accelerating the global solid-waste; So, I came up with a business model out of it which will be beneficial for the society and nature as well. If there is anything else I can provide or any questions I can answer for you, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I will respond promptly. Thanking you. -Vaibhav Mehta [email protected] (8764187570)