Our approach to this year's innovation challenge was two-fold. First, we aimed to remove the barriers that prevented locals from accessing their barangay's formal disposal system. This will be achieved by the introduction of smaller waste collection vehicles to the area. Then, to ensure all the waste in the area is being utilized to it's full revenue potential, we hope to introduce new infrastructure to area that will make processing, receiving and offloading of waste quicker and more effective.
The proposed solution is to implement waste processing kiosks throughout the two communities. The kiosks will serve as waste disposal sites that are more appealing and accessible than the existing illegal dumpsites and the rivers where residents currently dispose of their garbage. The kiosks handle waste sorting and processing, as well as financial management, as shown in the figure 2 below. The purpose of the kiosks is to increase the financial value of waste products and distribute them to organizations that find value in them, either for reuse, recycling or repurposing. The residents will be paid for the waste that they deposit at the kiosk, which will be processed and sold to organizations that value the various waste products. The solution requires significant behavioural change on the part of the end user; the financial incentives and increased accessibility aim to combat this issue. In addition, a door-to-door marketing campaign will be required to educate residents of the new system and the benefits of using it. The kiosks will be dispersed throughout Sto. Niño Norte and Sto. Niño Sur, placed at convenient locations where residents already travel frequently, as well as at existing illegal dumpsites. Residents will take their waste to the waste processing kiosks where it will be separated into organic, plastic, glass and paper waste. Residents will be given a financial payment for the waste they deposit at the kiosks. A financial value will be attributed per unit waste to each of the types of waste collected and payment will be based on the weight of each kind of waste provided. As such, preference will be given to residents who separate their waste by themselves. For residents who do not sort their waste on their own, a fixed price will be given per bag of waste, subject to certain requirements to prevent cheating of the system. A space will be provided near the facility to allow residents to sort their waste. Where waste processing kiosks are infeasible due to high density or land availability, mobile waste collection sites will be implemented to transport waste to a nearby kiosk. The figure below shows the entire process of the proposed solution. Once waste is sorted it will be processed and distributed accordingly. Waste from all the waste processing kiosks will be transported to a centralized waste storage facility located in between Sto. Niño Norte and Sto. Niño Sur. A fleet of vehicles will need to be contracted or procured to facilitate the transportation of waste from each kiosk to the centralized facility. In dense areas where a waste processing kiosk may be infeasible or accessible by truck, like the northern part of Sto. Niño Norte along the river, boats and trolleys can be leveraged to access these sites. Waste will be collected from the kiosks frequently to ensure the kiosks do not go over capacity. The centralized storage facility will facilitate distribution of processed waste to relevant organizations. For example, processed plastics can be sold to the Plastic Bank, organic waste to Leganes Energy Facility, and glass and paper to junk shops. The processed waste will be sold to relevant organizations at a price such that the business is revenue neutral.