Smart Waste Management IT System

Our IT system enables municipalities and waste management companies in upcoming economies like India and Indonesia to manage waste operations, design better systems and create transparency in the value chain.

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Sweepsmart BV

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SecondMuse

Market of Implementation

  • Ghana
  • , India
  • , Indonesia

Problem

Most waste in upcoming economies is 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 digitisation) 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.

Solution

Our Smart Waste Management app 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 the transparency to enable:

  • Managers of waste collection and sorting services to manage and continuously improve their operations in an efficient and transparent way
  • Governments or investors in the infrastructure to assess impact real-time and design data-driven waste management interventions and future infrastructure
  • The plastic industry and brand owners to implement plastic offsetting mechanisms. This stimulates investments into plastic recycling, making the collection and recycling of low-value plastic economically feasible, which have the highest risk of leaking into the environment.

As it enables waste management companies/entrepreneurs to run and grow their business more profitably it creates potential to grow in an economically sustainable manner and provide decent low-skilled jobs for informal sector waste pickers or unemployed people.

It contributes to the environment by:

  • Reducing GHG emissions by preventing waste burning or dumping
  • Replacing the use of virgin materials for new products by recycled material
  • Reducing air, water and soil pollution from burning and dumping waste

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