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
Working to Build Zero Waste Communities with a special focus on Gobabis.
Explain your idea in details:
The idea was brought about by the rather dire need of waste reduction mechanisms in Namibia's smaller towns. It seems as though the concept of recycling is lacking or very limited in our smaller towns and thus the realization of the need to start a project that looks at introducing the recycling of solid waste in towns other than the capital city, Windhoek Goal: To contribute towards the overall reduction of unmanaged waste in Namibia thereby contributing to the aesthetic view and health of the environment and its inhabitants. Overall Objective: To assist municipalities in meeting waste management needs by collecting all recyclable waste materials from homes, offices, companies, streets etc., thereby contributing to the cleanliness and hygiene of these areas with a special focus on towns and rural areas. Specific Objectives Reduce the volume of unmanaged waste in the country and promote the concept of reuse, reduce, recycle with a focus on small towns. Design and implement awareness campaigns to educate communities (young and old) through various media platforms on the importance and need for waste management. Appropriate Technology and Innovative approaches The concept of separating waste at source will be introduced and vigorously implemented at various institution that produce waste such as schools, government offices, hospitals, supermarkets etc. This involves supplying of comparted bins that guide the user on where to drop a specific type of waste e.g. glass, paper or plastic. Although this initiative is not new, its current rate of implementation is still low because it still perceived as Just a bin and is hence not always utilized correctly. Innovativeness of project: The aim is to set up a simple recycling plant/recovery area at the landfill/dumpsite where a group of people will be employed to collect and sort recyclable materials, our mobile baler mounted to a truck will move from
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Social impacts: The waste management initiative will help reduce amount of disposed waste and thereby contribute to the cleanliness and hygiene of these areas. In addition, it will enhance the knowledge if the inhabitants of various target areas and help them to become waste cautious and responsible citizens. It will furthermore contribute to the overall reduction of recyclable waste products in public areas. Employment is created through waste collection and sorting thereby contributing to improved livelihoods and better the standards of living of the inhabitants of the target areas. Approximately 6 people will be employed to collect waste from house hold, 5 more people for sorting and compacting of waste for easy processing. At least 50% of the employees will be women. The aim is to eventually create permanent jobs and increase the number of worker as time goes, as we are looking at turning this waste into finished goods in the near future. Environmental impacts: After successful introduction of these waste management activities in these targeted areas, there is definitely potential to out roll similar initiatives to other parts of the country that are left behind in terms of new waste management practises. Recycling helps to reduce environmental pollution by reducing the amount of disposed waste products. In areas with water courses such as rivers or reservoirs, these water sources are also protected from solid waste which is an easy way for pathogens to get into water and thereby contaminate water sources.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The aim is to remove the pressure of the environment by collecting all recyclable materials, and the introduction of the 3-Rs Reduce-Reuse-Recycle will be one of the way to address the waste in these small towns. Awareness and education on waste management and recycling is one way to get rid of the don't care mentality when it comes to illegal dumping of waste. The project will contribute to cleaner towns and cleaner environments in Namibia. Removing of unmanaged waste also contributes to improved public health for the communities A project manager and his team accountable to Planaria Recycling will be established to monitor and evaluate all the activities of the project. Methodology: A check list will be used to monitor the progress on a weekly basis to keep track with the time frame and the activities of the workers/persons. The evaluation report will be drafted after monitoring and thus will enable the project manager and his team will have the responsibilities to make all necessary adjustments or alternations to the project taking the time frame or budget into account. Monthly reports (both financial and overall evaluation) will be prepared Sustainability plan The collected, sorted and baled paper, cartons, and plastics etc. will be sold for further processing. South Africa has a market for these recyclable materials that can, through selling waste items can help to sustain the business. In addition, a services fee will be charged from the municipalities of the respective towns as part of their contribution to maintaining the cleanliness of towns.
I am Mose Ndjarakana, aged 29 years old, currently pursuing a bachelor degree in geology & i have under gone under several training such financial literacy , entrepreneur , leadership to mention few. in my second academic year i won a second prize on the project competition which was held at our college under the department of geology and my project was on earthquake resisting building with base isolation. i am the Operational manager and founder of Planaria Recycling. I love nature and i opted to do a course on earth science and this has helped me to start a recycling project.