Published on June 27, 2014 um 17:45

Summary of your idea

As in most developing countries, poor waste disposal has become a socio-economic threat, with Zimbabwes urban waste collection rates dropping from 80% in the mid-1990s to as low as 20% in 2007. An increasing population of 13 million, emergence of small-scale businesses and poor municipal waste management, it clearly means that waste generation will increase than ever. Government has not been able to eradicate the problem with one municipal waste truck in each city, only a tenth of the waste is properly disposed. The rest is being dumped indiscriminately in drainage systems and on road sides. Lack of environmental awareness has led to ignorance among the citizens about the dangerous effects of poor waste management. For this reason, Ecocyclers seeks to address urban waste by building a community of passionate recycling citizens by increasing environmental awareness in a fun, smart and educational way attractive to the younger generation. Using a Mobile-Point Redemption software or an Electronic-Point-Wallet (EPW). Households subscribe to Ecocyclers, based on the weight of their waste they receive SMS-Point incentives via their EPW. Through this the points can be redeemed into cell phone credit of mobile network of choice and further redeemable as cash from E-wallets. Ecocyclers does a door to door convenient waste collection from our subscribers using a low-cost, locally made and environmentally friendly fleet of tricycle-powered vehicles. The recyclable material is transported to a Deport station for sorting out for either feeding into established recycling plants or recycled into marketable goods at the Deport such as bags and mats. The organic components of the waste can be dried and grounded into clean alternative fuel energy for cooking (briquettes). This project will increase environmental awareness and create job opportunities in the community.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Environmental Impact Ecocyclers seeks to eliminate poor waste management practices by increasing environmental awareness. Through the introduction of recycling waste, plastics and paper dumping into drainage systems and roads can be reduced, creating an environmentally friendly community. By 2016 we are targeting up to 2 000 households which we will collect waste from and these communities will benefit from improved health and sanitary conditions. Briquettes made from recyclable waste will reduce 40 tonnes of CO2 carbon dioxide emitted annually from fire wood and reduce deforestation levels in Zimbabwe SocioEconomic Impact By 2016 Ecocyclers aims to employ up to 100 people, mostly women of disadvantaged backgrounds who earn less than a $1 USD per day and unemployed young people. Increasing their average earnings from less than a $1 to $5 per day, women can pay for their childrens school fees, medical treatments and food. Unemployed young people can gain financial autonomy and improve their quality of life. Ecocyclers job creation will see a reduction in teen prostitution, drug influence and build up their self-esteem. Ecocyclers tricycle riders will also use the tricycles for personal errands as a cheap and sustainable means of transport simultaneously collecting garbage. Provide a means of transport again to our student tricycle riders who walk long distances (up to 15km) to school. Gender Mainstreaming Eighty (80%) percent of our employees will be women and most of them widows, former sex workers, those living with disability and those living with chronic illnesses such as HIV and AIDS. These women find it difficult to be integrated into the society, hence Ecocyclers will be a family of love to these women. Being part of Ecocyclers family we hope to improve their social status in the community, help them become self-independent and prevent women abuse rate in the community.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Ecocyclers journey will begin by running a pilot recycling model project in one of the dirtiest communities and shanty towns in Zimbabwe, Mbare Harare. Collaborating with the three telecommunications operators in Zimbabwe, Econet, Netone and Telecel to test our Electronic-Point-Wallet (EPW) incentive software to our subscribers. The implementation of the pilot scale project will require the test as well of the novel tricycle waste collection vehicles in Zimbabwe. Our tricycles will be locally made using recycled light weight metal for the waste carriage. The success of the pilot project will result in the scaling up of the project to other communities The full implementation of the pilot project will require a start-up of $5 000 USD, targeting 250 households for 6 months. From this $2 000 will be used for designing and building 20 sustainable tricycle suitable for waste collection. This includes $1 500 for recycling awareness events, Ecocyclers household registration and training. $1 500 to employ 5 tricycle riders and waste collectors. $ 700 will be for company registration and $ 300 will be to cover the costs of sending the redeemable Electronic- Point-Wallet SMS.

Your profile

Nyasha Mudukuti (23) from Chiredzi, Zimbabwe a fourth year student majoring in Biotechnology at Chinhoyi University. I am committed to ensuring environmental awareness for a sustainable development. Selected to participate in the 2013 Global Start-up Youth summit in Malaysia. U.N- A World At School Global Youth Ambassador for education, with great networks with school children and youth to foster a sustainable environment through environmental awareness campaigns. Tanyaradzwa Ngara (22) from Gweru, Zimbabwe a passionate I.T guru also studying Biotechnology developed the EWP software for recycling points. He is keen to the use of technology for community development addressing pressing issues in our nation. He is currently working on a project on alternative fuel energy using briquettes from recyclable material Nancy Muringai (24) from Mhondoro, Zimbabwe Crop Science graduate at U.Z. She has spent time working with community women in empowering them. With her extensive networking skills she is responsible for organizing the women and responsible for designing a simple cost effective tricycle (riskshaws) for waste collecting.

Stage of Idea

planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, health, sustainable energy, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, empowerment of women, youth

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June 28, 2014 10:38

I like it guys. Way to go. We need a solution tot waste management in our country.