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Most waste in emerging economies, such as India and Indonesia, is being burned or dumped in nature or landfills, which leads to GHG emissions, pollution and leakage into the environment. The dumped waste attracts pests and diseases, causes air, soil and water pollution provide major health risks to local communities.
Waste in the environment and oceans is endangering global ecosystems. Although cities in these countries are building new waste management infrastructure, they are struggling to build cost-efficient waste handling systems. There is little insight into waste generation, collection, sorting and recycling. The entities who are handling waste usually implement limited data tracking (on paper, with little digitalisation) and only used for archiving purposes, not to manage or design waste management systems.
Efficient and economically sustainable waste management systems are key to solving the waste problem. To design and manage these systems properly, data on waste flows, activities and financials are crucial.
At Sweepsmart BV, we have developed a Smart Waste Management app that records waste and financial flows during waste collection and pre-processing in Smart Waste Centers. The data is translated to a performance dashboard which monitors KPIs. This brings about 3 broad benefits.
Firstly, this enables much needed transparency that results in:
The dashboard will monitor exactly how much waste and of which type is collected and then brought to responsible recyclers or processors. Based on academically defined indicators about the GHG emissions per kg of virgin material replaced and the GHG emissions per kg if the material would have been burnt or dumped in a landfill, we can track how much GHG emission has been avoided.