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.
Explain your idea in details:
It is a common sight to see our streets and even dumpsites littered with recyclable household wastes which are carelessly disposed of by post-consumers. This practice often poses environmental & health hazards to communities as they experience flood due to drainage blockage by most of these wastes. SMART Recycles aims to change this reality by collecting and converting the ever-present waste, more than 60% of which consists of organic material, into compost and non-biodegradable into creative arts and alternative energy to benefit teenagers (who will benefit from the economic incentives involved in collection and recycling) , financially as well as experientially. The most challenging concern in recycling is sustaining an effective recovery system for categorized household wastes. Our solution is an incentive based collection scheme that allocates Points to the quantity of wastes collected by each teenager from adopted households who in turn use the earned Points to redeem numerous identified household items and services offered as incentives. Thereafter, the Points gained could be traded in exchange for numerous items each tagged with a certain number of Points needed to redeem them. E.g., with 100,000 Points one can redeem a laptop. Every particitipating household also get a "thank you and do more" SMS alert notification each time our waste collectors deliver their wastes to the hub and also inform them of our periodical raffle entries for each household. Firstly, teenagers in Secondary School in undeserved communities undergoes enlightenment about the SMART activity: S- save for reuse M- Method for reduce A- Art for Handycraft R- Recycle for Change T- To help many people. We then conduct awareness rally, reaching out to households in the community and enlightening them about waste sorting, as every teenager adopt different household and collect sorted household wastes at agreed times of the week.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We are targeting to engage at least 50% of over 10,000 households and 50 corporate entities to sign up with our teenage wastepreneur. Out of the 20 Metric Tons of Municipal Solid Waste generated daily in Ewekoro local government, we are targeting to process at least 30 Metric Tons of recyclables monthly in our SMART recycling hub. Starting up will be with just 4 full-time workers and gradually how to a workforce of 30 persons per recycling hub who will all be engaged in the recycling operations. We look forward to increase our recycling subscriber base by 40% each year. We also prospect to increase our annual processed recyclables by 50% each year. With our current projection, we would be adding an average of 30 workers to our workforce each year.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our business model is skewed towards ensuring we generate enough revenue to sustain our operational and administrative processes. We will be selling all our art creations, compost and alternative energy products directly to the "women retailers association" in the community at marked up profit margin. Our collection tricycles will also offer a unique Mobile Advertising feature which we will commercially explored to generate revenue that supports the remuneration of the WasteBusters that ride the Tricycles. We earmark 40% of profit for expansion.
Jotham Ajibade is a 23 year old changemaker who has over 4 years of experience in community development and volunteerism. Jotham is an social agripreneur and a youth development specialist. He is very passionate about the growth and development of young people especially young adults in rural communities. Currently, Jotham is the "Chief Solutionist" at IBuildNigeria, an NGO he founded to drive engagements with young adults in grassroot communities. Memories of near death experiences from his teenage years filled with hopelessness and powerlessness has literarily been his energy in driving engagements with grassroot communities, one at a time, listening to them, sharing his story and empowering them in devising roadmaps to mobilize communal resources and engage community stakeholders to create support systems for the community children and youths in their quest to break personal limitations and kick-start their personal development, acquiring core hard and soft skills needed to solve local problems enabling them to gain income, impact and influence. Moreover, he is an ardent believer in "earth first". He believes that " we do not inherit mother earth from our parents but we borrow it from our children" and that in every policy and actions as human being we must consider the environmental impact first and foremost. His utmost passion lies in eradicating rural poverty and the limitations it places on rural children and youths. He believes in a world where we can give "equal opportunity to every child to become unequal" notwithstanding their demography.