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waste source tracking through waste digitalization

Waste management is a serious issue in the country with indiscriminating dumping of wastes. Wastes can be track, tag and monitor with the help of the citizens who identify waste in the environment which can aid government or private waste collection of where waste dump sites  has been identified 

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

WHO all could form as an action group to

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

Hi Osu, What could be the methods to implement this? Are you talking about the general waste or including medical waste as well? Community health, Microbiologist from medical science background are involved in creating awareness with medical waste management. Though we have NABH accredited hospitals, where all this will be overseen. We have those which are not accredited by NABH may not follow. Coming to general waste and sanitation issue, we in India have government led programme implemented in india, SWACH BHARATH. But here public will be sensitised and engaged. But citizen involving them in identifying and helping government by reporting should be given incentives. These groups should be grouped togeather as self groups and support groups and take forward. I think it helps. Having toll free number to report about the waste. Corporations should also be involved in the action group apart from the ministry.

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Osu 2 months ago

I am referring to general household wastes which is peculiar to us in terms of disposal. The idea of incentives is good but how sustainable is it? I guess everyone should be responsible for their surroundings.

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Temitope Sogbanmu 2 months ago

This is particularly relevant for remote areas

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Osu 2 months ago

I will say it's relevant for all areas.

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Charles Clerck 2 months ago

Although in principle this is a good idea, there are too many follow up questions - such as how can attitudes be changed to stop the illegal dumping in the first place? How can you persuade or incentivise citizens to stop dumping their waste in the first place? Should financial incentives be given and if yes, who pays for it? Local councils or authorities or waste clearance companies? How do citizens get their waste from their houses and/or local neighbourhoods to the waste site if the site is some distance away? Should their be more education/incentive for the other 3Rs - reduce, re-use and recycle. And finally as the question states above - how could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?
Article about this in SA - http://www.pikitup.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2...th-Africa-..pdf

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Osu 2 months ago

I will respond from a little experience I have seen from the states in Nigeria. With waste management if there's proper system the people here naturally follows it. I mean there was a time when we had functional waste management system and the people made use of the system but immediately the system broke down everyone returned to their old habits. I won't recommend incentive system it is unsustainable. It should be more service based and I can tell you that folks here would mind paying as long as the system works. In addition there's need for more education

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Osu 2 months ago

On how citizens get wastes to the collection points...they take it there themselves. It is has been done until the whole system collapsed again and some household paid waste collectors to take their waste away. Digital technologies can facilities two way communication between households/industries/organisations for waste collection.

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Faith Taylor 1 month ago

It does seem like there are two different issues here: (a) illegal dumping of building waste versus (b) small scale dumps in informal settlements where there is no waste collection (e.g., https://www.urbanark.org/sites/default/files/...obi-Report.pdf). For (a) there certainly are further questions about changing behaviours, but for (b) without a better system of waste collection, I think the problem will get worse.

My main interest is risk from natural hazards, and having some baseline idea of where waste is in relation to drainage channels would be very useful for urban flood modelling, which could be done through mobile mapping.

I saw a great example from India (described as 'the Uber of waste collection') where households notify that they have waste ready for collection, and local collectors either pay (for high value waste) or charge for collection - with prices fluctuating depending on market conditions. I imagine this could help with (a) above. https://scroll.in/magazine/849651/wake-up-and...garbage-problem

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Osu 1 month ago

The India case is good example of what is possible of having a system of waste collection. There are opportunities to explore in wastes but you see limiting factors such as finance for private individuals to embark upon. I like the waste for pay system deployed but I feel it could have been the other way round. I would love to know more on the flood modeling using mobile mapping. From observations, Waste collections is usually close to drainage system and you normally see shops and street vendors selling close to drainage system dumping waste in them.

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

I like the idea. It would provide valuable data on what waste is generated where, and aid decision making on several levels.
We have been working on a proposal for tracking and monitoring waste (production and management) in public schools, aimed not only at collecting data, but building capacity on environmentally appropriate waste disposal methods.

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Osu 1 month ago

Hi, will you be seeking funding for this or you are developing the proposal for the government as a working document?

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

Actually, the idea is to seek for research funds, and have students in selected schools collect data through "green".
Since the idea is to access public/government funded schools, once we have some preliminary data, we shall be mandated to report to the relevant ministries (Education and Environment)

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

"Green Clubs"...

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Osu 1 month ago

I love to be able to follow up on how it goes. Hopefully there will be something to learn. The idea is great. I only hope you have a response government. I am of the opinion that pro

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Osu 1 month ago

I love to be able to follow up on how it goes. Hopefully there will be something to learn. The idea is great. I only hope you have a response government. I am of the opinion that private sector can key in.

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Davis Ntwiga 1 month ago

The involvement of the relevant stakeholders particularly the government bodies can go a long way to tackling this issue of waste. I think the reporting should be on, (1) people dumping waste in undesignated sites, (2) polluting rivers and (3) type of the waste dumped to encourage recycling.

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Osu 1 month ago

What will be the way out if the government do not support?

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Davis Ntwiga 1 month ago

Private sector will suffice since the government is not actively involved in recycling.

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Osu 1 month ago

Yeah but another thing is government bureaucratic processes, policies could hinder private sector participation.

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lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Silver Trophy

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