The Waste Challenge

The Waste Challenge

How might we find value in waste?

Contributing nearly two million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste every year into the ocean, the Philippines is ranked as the third worst plastic polluter in the world. With government and global attention, the time is right to focus on developing a solution.

This year’s Social Innovation Challenge will focus on the waste problem in the Filipino Island of Iloilo, within the communities of Sto. Nino Sur and Sto. Nino Norte.


How It Works

Nov 1, 2018

World Vision issues
a challenge to solve -
and innovators come
up with ideas.

Feb 28, 2019

Innovators submit
their business models.

Mar 11, 2019

Five teams are shortlisted and work together with a partner community to iterate their idea and business models.

June 2019

Final business models
are presented to
World Vision and expert industry partners.

Summer 2019

Winner is selected
receive 25K in funding
for implementation and continues on to 12-month incubation period.

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Challenge Brief

  • Background
    Waste Challenge

    The Philippines is ranked as the third worst plastic polluter in the world, behind only China and Indonesia, contributing nearly two million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste every year to the global ocean plastic problem. Aside from plastic waste, the Philippines is also home to improperly managed and informal dumpsites, uncollected waste and an overall lack of awareness and motivation for solid waste management.

    The legacy of poor waste collection and waste management has had serious effects on the environment and the livelihood of local communities and residents. The goal of this year’s challenge is to works towards changing that.

  • Obstacles

    In an effort to address the issue, in 2001 the Philippine government passed the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act”. The Act requires every village or “barangay” to establish a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), designed to receive, sort, process, and store compostable and recyclable materials efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner.

    Unfortunately, solid waste management supervision and rules enforcement are weak. Although an established MRF is mandated by the government, not all barangays entirely comply. As of today, the subject communities of this challenge, Barangay Sto. Nino Sur and Barangay Sto. Nino Norte, don’t have operational MRFs.

    Local initiatives to promote “zero waste” initiatives are increasing recycling and waste segregation efforts but the low value attributed to waste prevents many community members from feeling incentivised.

  • Resources

    Video Series

    Description Date / Time Activity
    Introduction November 1st Video #1: Introduction to Challenge
    Exploring the Challenges, Solution and Gaps November 5th Video #2: Intro to the Philippines and local populations
    November 16th Video #3: Challenges, Solutions and Gaps
    November 21st Webinar #1: Questions about the Challenge
    Innovation & Business Model Development January 14th Video #4: Steps to the Creative Process & Introduction to the Business Model Canvas Part 1
    January 28th Video #5: Business Model Canvas Part 2 & Social Enterprise 101
    February 11th Webinar #2: Questions on the BMC and Social Enterprise


    The Social Innovation Challenge in Waste – Technical Brief

    Download the PDFs supplied by World Vision

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  • Criteria

    Criteria for applying

    To submit an Entry for the Competition and be eligible to win an Award:

    • Each Team member must, at the date of Entry, be:
      • a legal resident of any Canadian province or territory (other than Quebec) and select U.S. educational institutions;
      • sixteen (16) years of age or older. Any Team member who is a minor in the jurisdiction which he or she resides, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the minor must (and WVC assumes that they): a) agree to these Rules and execute and return any related form provided by WVC, on behalf of the minor, within the time frame that WVC sets out; and b) consent to participating in the Award(s) as described herein
    • Teams must:
      • appoint a Team leader who will be the point-of-contact with WVC; and
      • bear the same name as that of such entity and shall not change its name during the course of the Challenge

    The Competition is not open to employees of WVC, its affiliated organizations, advertising and/or promotional agencies or media partners, or members of the household of such employees.

    Award(s) must be accepted as awarded. An Award may not be sold or transferred and is not convertible to cash. WVC reserves the right to provide a substitute for, or alter the nature of either of the Award, in whole or in part, in the event that all or any component of an Award is unavailable, so long as the resulting Award is of equal or greater value than the original Award.

    All decisions of WVC with respect to any aspect of this Competition, including without limitation the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all Teams.

    Each Team is responsible  to ensure that any material they provide to WVC or post to the Online Challenge Platform Site, including but not limited to, text, photographs, video and audio, does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is used with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights.

    By submitting an Entry, each Team represents and warrants that it has all right, title and/or interest in the materials submitted and the information it contains is accurate and complete, and that by submitting the Entry the Team is not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights including any patent, copyright, trade secret, proprietary or confidential information, trade-mark, publicity or privacy right.

    By entering this Competition, each member of each Team agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless WVC, its affiliated organizations, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives, from any claim or liability arising from or related to the Competition, and/or participation in the Award.

    WVC assumes no responsibility for garbled, lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mails or any computer errors or malfunctions.

    WVC does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, seeding or printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof.

    If for any reason, in the opinion of WVC, in its sole discretion, the Competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the Competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, WVC reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the Competition.

    WVC reserves the right to modify the Rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof. WVC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner.

    Any attempt to deliberately damage the Competition website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, WVC reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law.

    The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

    In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Competition related materials, including but not limited to the Competition entry form, the Site or advertising in any media, the Rules shall govern.

    Criteria around submissions

    In order to become an entrant, a Team must agree to these Rules and fill out the entry form available at the Online Challenge Platform Site. A successfully completed and submitted form is an “Entry“. In these Rules, a Team that has submitted an Entry to the Competition is referred to as an “Entrant“.

    If selected as a Finalist for the Final Round Pitch, each Finalist must submit 1 business plan of 15 to 20 PowerPoint slides in ppt. And PDF format (“Business Plan“). All members of each Finalist must attend the Final Round Pitch.

    Individuals may only join one Team. Only one Entry per Team. Multiple Entries will be disqualified. Fraudulent Entries will be declared invalid. All Entries must be submitted online; no paper Entries will be accepted.

    Preliminary Round

    After the Preliminary Round Close Date, WVC and a team of industry experts (each a “Judge“, collectively “Judges” or “Judging Panel“) will assess the Entries and select up to 5 Finalists per challenge. The Judges shall be experienced entrepreneurs, investors and academics appointed by WVC in its sole discretion.

    The core assessment of the Entries will focus on the innovativeness, feasibility and viability of the proposed solution.

    All Entries will be evaluated by the Chair and co-Chairs of the Competition by using the common “Executive Summary Judging Criteria”.

    The Chair and co-Chairs will hold a joint session where up to a maximum of 5 Entries will be identified as Finalists per challenge.

    WVC will attempt to contact each of the Finalists by telephone within two weeks after the Preliminary Round Close Date. In the event that a Finalist cannot be contacted within two (2) weeks after the selections have been made, that Finalist will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist will be selected.

    Final Round

    At the Final Round Pitch, Finalists will be provided an opportunity to present their Business Plans, which should explain the practicability of the plan execution and fundability potential.

    Each Finalist will conduct a 5-minute, uninterrupted Business Plan presentation in English followed by up to 3-5 minutes of question and answer. It is not compulsory for all Team members to address the Judges Panel in the presentation.

    The Judges will make their evaluations and give their scores by using a common “Business Plan Judging Criteria”.

    The four winning teams will be decided by the highest score after a joint deliberation of the Judging Panel.

    WVC and Judges’ Discretion

    The decisions of the Judging Panel are final and binding.

    WVC and/or the Judging Panel reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that in its judgment violates the Eligibility or these Rules of the Competition.

    WVC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Winner who (i) may have a barrier to entry into the country of potential testing/prototyping, (ii) has a criminal record or pending criminal charges that may interfere with their ability to travel freely across international borders for the Award, or (iii) does not otherwise meet WVC’s requirements with respect to participation in a WVC program of this nature.

    If a Winner is disqualified, he or she forfeits their right to take part in the Award and WVC will be fully absolved of any and all liability in that regard. WVC reserves the right to select an alternate winner who is able to meet the requirements as set out in these Rules.

    Before being confirmed as a Finalist or Winner, each such Finalist or Winner will be required to sign and return, within the time stipulated by WVC, a full release and indemnity form stating that the Finalist or Winner has read and understood the Rules, grants all consents required, authorizes WVC to broadcast, publish and disseminate Team members’ name, city of residence, photograph, likeness, and voice, in connection with the Competition and their participation in either of the Prizes at no additional compensation to the Finalist or Winner, accepts the Prizes as offered, and releases WVC and related parties from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the Winner’s participation in the Competition and the Prizes, including any related travel. Proof of identification must be provided upon request.

    Criteria around deadlines Preliminary Round

    For the Preliminary Round of the Competition, WVC will post on: (“Online Challenge Platform Site“), an online challenge statement explaining a development challenge that will need to be addressed in over the next 5 to 10 years.

    The Preliminary Round starts at 12:00 a.m. EST on November 1, 2018 and closes at 8:00 p.m. EST on February 28, 2019 (“Preliminary Round Close Date“). After the Preliminary Round Close Date, up to 5 Teams per challenge will be identified as finalists (“Finalists“).

    Final Round

    The Final Round will be a one day face-to-face pitch event and will be held in June, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario (“Final Round Pitch“). Due to the expansion of the competition, the exact date and venue is to be determined. After the Final Round Pitch, 1 Finalist per challenge will be selected as the winner (“Winner“).

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Virtuous Waste

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Children’s Fun(d)

The Children’s Fun(d) is a sponsorship package that works with key partners both in Canadian communities and internationally that organizes community cleanup initiatives, and turns the plastic waste collected during these cleanups into playgrounds for children.

Sero Inc.

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Big Bins System

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Waste in the Philippines

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The Blue Company

The Blue Company is seeking to help reduce overall waste in Iloilo by creating a campaign for social good through the sale of The Blue Bottle in order to subsidize paying locals for removing waste in the area appropriately.

Sero – Grocery / Waste Pickup

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Botanical Buddies

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No-Frills Essentials

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Grab Garbage

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Narra Eco Village

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Clean Disposal

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Simplified Reverse Vending Machine

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Record Breaking Waste

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Recycled Clear Backpacks

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Waste Separation Facility

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Clean Commerce

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Baboy Bayani (Hero Pig)

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Zero Waste Mobile Pop-up Shop

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“A New, Inclusive and Engaging Take on Sustainable Waste Management?”

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ByeSura – Finding Value in Waste by saying Good-Bye to Garbage.

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Solar Pyrolysis of Thermoset Plastics as an Energy Source

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No More Bottles – Water Delivery Model

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Plastic Recovery Certificate Exchange

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Put Out

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Green Energy Machine (GEM)

A Green Energy Machine (GEM) which is to be implemented into each Machine Recovery Facility (MRF) to turn waste into useful energy!


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ETC: Environment, Technology, Community

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