The solution our design team is presenting for The Social Innovation Challenge is the implementation of a Waste Separation Facility. The facility will operate close to the Barangays of Iloilo city, providing a drop-off point for separated waste. Families will set up accounts with our facilities, and each time they bring in waste separated into compost, recycle and solid waste, their account will accumulate value. Incentives such as money, food, clothing, hygiene products, educational supplies and cooking supplies will be available for withdrawal once these accounts accumulate enough value. The value of each item will directly relate to the amount of waste the families will need to bring in prior to withdrawing it. For small amounts of waste brought in, the families can withdraw small items, or bring in waste for a long period of time and let the account accumulate in order to withdraw a more expensive incentive. This is a continuous process offering increasing value for their work, therefore it will motivate families to collect and bring in as much as possible in order to get the highest value. It will not only encourage the proper disposal of their own waste, but also the cleanup of the riverside, as this area is filled with large amounts of waste that is waiting to be collected, separated, and exchanged for goods by anyone that is willing to put in the work.
The solution proposed tackles the problem of waste separation first hand, to first reduce the volume of waste that is being sent to the landfill, and secondly to generate an income from selling separated recyclable and compostable items to the appropriate facilities. The concept is to implement a program within the local communities that will incentivize citizens for separating and bringing in waste. The idea is to partner with the local government and operate facilities in each Barangay within Iloilo, situated in between the distance from the riverside homes to the main road (where garbage is currently collected today). Below is a step-by-step breakdown of how the facilities will operate: Step 1: Each family in the community will set up an account under their name at the facility. Step 2: Facility will make “Milestones” the families can meet, each with a different weight of separated waste assigned to it. Each milestone will have an incentive attached to it, anything ranging from food, money, clothing, hygiene products to educational supplies. The more expensive an incentive is, the more waste that would have to be collected to attain it. Step 3: Families brings separated waste to the facility as frequently as possible for them. Each time waste is brought to the facility, it will be weighed and documented under the family’s file. Step 4: When the family account accumulates enough mass of waste to meet a Milestone, they can choose to withdraw an incentive. Essentially, items that cost less will require less waste to be collected, while the items that cost more will require more. Each time the family withdraws an incentive, the value of that in mass of waste will be deducted from their account. Therefore they can choose to either withdraw small items each time they bring in waste or let the account accumulate for a period of time in order to withdraw a more expensive item. This is a continuous process offering increasing value for their work, therefore it will motivate families to collect and bring in as much as possible in order to get the highest value. It will not only encourage the proper disposal of their own waste, but also the cleanup of the riverside, as this area is filled with large amounts of waste that is waiting to be collected, separated, and exchanged for goods by anyone that is willing to put in the work. The concept is to ideally be implemented in a community centre, school or other public place. If such a place is not available, it may be more difficult to implement as a facility will need to be built. The team will partner with local and international organizations that would be willing to offer their products for a discounted price to be used as incentives. The facility provides jobs for the community, provides them with basic needs, is sustainable and has the potential to largely reduce the waste pileup.