Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Turning dirty diapers into diesel and LPG
Explain your idea in details:
This project will see the centralized collection of dirty diapers, in sanitary bag, to small to medium sized diaper-to-fuel plants that will use extreme heats to convert the plastic and other waste material in the dirty diaper into diesel and LPG, part of which can be returned back into the system to make the plant energy sustainable. The diapers will be put in separate sanitary bags that will be distributed to the community to reduce the turn that would have been required grading mixed garbage to obtain the dirty diapers. The LPG can be stored and then sold off to the community to alleviate from the increasing cost of commercially available LPG in Africa. The diesel can also be sold to the community as a low cost alternative to commercially available diesel.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
There is a high supply of these dirty diapers in Africa's land fills and will increase as global populations increase. These dirty diapers are an eyesoar on the environment and can even help spread dieases like Typhoid. In Africa the high price of diesel and LPG for cooking has seen people revert back to destroying forests for wood and is speeding up the drought conditions currently being felt in Sub-Saharan Africa. This project will see the reduction of dirty diapers in the environment and at the same time will provide cheaper alternatives to diesel and LPG for the community and in so doing stop the cutting down of trees in our community.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project will use the Supply Chain business model as it will supply the community with diesel and LPG from its collected dirty diapers. The project is sustainable because as the Africa's population increases so does the amount of dirty diapers in its community landfills. Currently the only method used to dispose of these dirty diapers is burying and burning which worsens the air and land pollution problems that towns and cities face. The project will dispose of these dirty diapers in an environmentally sustainable way and create value by upcycling the diapers into diesel and LPG. The project thus satisfies sustainable goals on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11). The project will be generate revenue through the sale of the diesel and LPG to the community. It will require collaboration and lisensing from local energy regulators, environmental management agencies, town councils and city councils.
My name is Anthony Jekanyika and i am a 23 year old young man from Marondera, Zimbabwe. I am interested in engineering and entrepreneurship and have received a number of local and international awards in these fields, more notable was becoming a Finalist at the 2017 Entrepreneurship Enactus World Cup in London and winning the local Telecel Digital Marketing Award. I hope to get positive exposure for myself and for my project.