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    Date submitted
  • 04-Oct-2017

Eco-tri

Abstract

Our company is called Eco-Tri. It offers responsible waste management on university campuses. This is to organize sorting system both economic and ecological.

- Ecological, because we train the targeted populations to make an individual and conscious sorting of their own waste. This eco-responsible action avoids polluting the environment and allows the production of potentially valuable raw material

- Economical also, because we create wealth from sorted and collected waste. The waste sorted at the base will be collected and stored separately by category, before being sold to recycling industries and recycling craftsmen. This creates added value and creates a real circular economy in the waste sector.

In doing so, our company provides an economical and ecological solution to the problem of household waste.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

● Waste recycling industries ● Green gardeners and farmers ● Recycling craftsmen

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Waste management is a major problem facing governments. In Senegal, universities face enormous difficulties in managing the big quantities of waste produced at university campuses. It is to solve this problem that our project, Eco-tri, proposes an ecological management of this waste. The idea is to organize a system of sorting at the base, their collection and marketing on a large scale. Recycling companies are struggling to find recyclable raw materials. Sorting at the base avoids polluting the environment, damaging the health of populations while creating jobs and a healthy, circular economy.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

The project resolve many needs. From an economic point of view, it reduces the glaring lack of recycling materials. Indeed, the many companies that operate in the waste processing industry have great difficulty in sourcing raw materials that are directly recyclable. This market situation is all the more precarious as recycling companies have increased considerably over the last decades. Paradox, when one sees the amount of waste produced per year, 300 tons of household waste in Senegal, 8 188.17 tons in Saint-Louis is estimated at 496,490,300 FCFA. This mass of waste available at landfills and dumps is not directly recyclable. Its operation requires a long process (washing, cleaning, sieving, ...). This constitutes additional working time and significant costs that companies struggle to sustain. To correct this, our project proposes an effective and sustainable strategy that reduces the burden of companies and reduces working time.    The sorting system at the base and their preparation at our factory level allows many companies to use the raw material directly for industrial or other purposes. We offer them bundles of recyclable raw materials. The commercialization of plastic is our priority in that its demand is more important and the companies that transform it more in Senegal.    Finally, on the educational and environmental level, the project proposes to train people on the management of household waste, sorting waste. Young people are a particular target. The aim is to promote green citizenship and environmental awareness, to promote better involvement of people in waste management, and to contribute to a circular economy. In this respect, there is an important need in terms of education, training and public awareness.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

To be more efficient and effective in achieving the objectives, our project will be structured in three stages, each composed of three phases. For the first phase, the Saint-Louis UGB will serve as a pilot site, to test the project. A & B villages will serve as target villages. In the second phase, the project will be extended to all public and private establishments in Senegal. The third and final one will reach the companies first, then households.      In each stage, the strategy will be carried out in three phases. - Firstly, it will be necessary to train the people concerned (collectors, students, students, workers) through seminars, workshops and training sessions on waste issues and sorting techniques.  - The second phase will see the implementation of the project in the targeted places (Village A & B in the UGB, public and private institutions, banks and households ...). This will involve installing the selective sorting bins, beginning the collection and storage of the recovered waste. - The last phase will consist of the treatment of waste into waste bales - the marketing of recyclable materials (plastic, glass, paper, etc.) and finally the incineration or burial of non-recyclable waste