Best Ideas 2020 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:
Our objective is to ensure a safer and cleaner environment for both the wealthy and less privileged whilst promoting economic empowerment through; collection, reuse, recycling of recyclable waste and proper disposal of non-recyclable waste. THE PROBLEM: With increasing human population comes a challenge of how to manage the ever increasing amount of waste produced at any given moment. Poor waste management is the leading cause of public health hazards, diseases and global warming. For instance, not only does uncontrolled dumping lead to pollution of the surface, groundwater and further promote the breeding of flies mosquitoes and other disease-bearing vectors; it also emits methane which is a major greenhouse gas contributing to global warming (Distefano & Belenky, 2009). District council underfunding and neglect by general public has resulted in highly polluted urban and rural areas hence increased pollution-related health cases. The current rate of output of waste into the environment translates into fast rate of global warming. OUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTION: Klinenv is designed to collect as much waste as possible and process it to maximize reuse and recycling. To maximize waste collection, waste shall be collected from offices, homes, at regular intervals at a reasonable monthly fee. Waste shall be collected from schools and markets at regular intervals for free. Clean-up campaigns using hired-labour shall be used to collect waste from streets. Different types of waste shall be handled differently. Paper and carton based waste shall be recycled into toilet paper. Plastic based waste shall be recycled into home cleaning tools e.g. brooms, trash bags and waste bins. Organic based waste shall be processed into planting cones, manure and biogas. Metals, wood and other non-recyclable waste shall be sold to scrap metal collectors, moulded into fire blocks for heating, and compressed or ground.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
TARGET 1: Climate action. With utmost dedication to proper waste management, a notion generally neglected by the general public; Klinenvs primary targets is to ensure that all waste from schools, markets, homes and Street is properly sorted, processed, reused, recycled or properly disposed of. Proper waste management is the key effort in climate action since it slows or halts environmental degradation. TARGET 2: No poverty. This initiative promotes economic empowerment through creation of jobs for personnel who shall be handling the waste. With proper start-up funds, the firm shall employ between 20-40 individuals to work in the collection, sorting, recycling and marketing departments of the firm. MEASURES OF SUCCESS. Success of the initiative shall be measured by four indicators; Environmental indicator, Economic indicator, Health indicator and Growth index. 1. Environmental indicator In liaison with government agencies responsible for environmental affairs as well as other stake holders there shall be an environmental assessment annually. This will be done to ascertain the change in state of waste management. 2. Health indicator. In connection with the ministry of health, there shall be an annual assessment of pollution-related health cases. A reduction in cases of diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, Malaria and yellow fever just to mention a few. 3. Economic Indicator. The number of jobs created by the firm whilst remaining operational over years shall be used to assess the economic success of this initiative. 4. Growth Index. The ability of the firm to increase its catchment area as well as diversification of its services and product shall also indicate success of the initiative. And also the market-competitiveness of the products from recycled waste. I.e. both quality-wise and price-wise shall be used in this index.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Prior to rolling out our services a work conduct plan shall be established in liaison with the Environmental Affairs Department as well as the Consumer Association of Malawi. This will be done to ensure that our services and recycled products meet the set standards. Our services have been designed to be priced relatively low. This is because we shall charge only to cover the transport cost for ferrying the waste to our recycling centre. Profits shall ideally be realized from sale of the products from the recycled waste. Even better, we have designed an approach of waste collection that ensures that waste is collected more frequently than our competitor who leave their client with piles of garbage before collection. This is to ensure that our recycling site has a continuous supply of waste to recycle. Currently, the only financing source for the initiative is prize money from this completion and hopefully if there be a grant or collaboration from other organisations. Commercialization of our services and products is the key approach to ensure sustainability. The reasonable prices of our waste collection services shall generate revenue which shall be used to cater for transport costs and other operational costs. Revenue collected from sales of the products shall supplement the revenue from waste collection fees to pay employees of the firm.
Born July 10th 1991, Dick Mwera is an environmental enthusiast, former youth fellow, Educator and Artist. Upon completing his secondary school, Dick Mwera volunteered as a youth fellow at Plan International (Malawi). His participation in ''Youth Governance and Policy'' project horned his skills in leadership and advocacy. But his lead role in the "Make-the-Link Climate Exchange'' project opened his eyes to the quickly deteriorating state of the environment. Now a Bachelor of Education (Science) graduate from Chancellor College of the University of Malawi; with experience as a University Biology Tutor and a Secondary school science teacher; Dick Mwera plans on setting up a self-sustaining initiative of waste management. At the heart of the ''KIinenv'' (Clean environment), are: SDG 13, SDG 7 and SDG 1 foreground with SDG 12 and SDG 3. Dick Mwera couples his university training and life experience with the SDGs to ensure a safer and cleaner environment for all, slowed global warming and economic empowerment. All this through one self-sustaining initiative; ''Klinenv''.