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Sustainable Development Goal Targeted: Sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production

Waste Management Consulting aims to address several issues in emerging economies:

Health effects- lack of reliable government waste disposal results in harmful, toxic air due to the burning of rubbish. This negatively affects the living conditions of people residing in high density urban areas, the cities which house the majority of the population. Families and young children are particularly susceptible to the negative health impacts of frequent burning rubbish.

Environmental degradation- waste disposal that does exist in developing countries mostly results in landfill without any consideration of alternate methods. Within developing countries like Timor-Leste there is no concept of recycling let alone operational practice. At this stage there is no sustainable way to repurpose materials in Timor-Leste as an example.

Social degradation- ineffective waste management creates an eyesore in cities, reduces the attractiveness of the locale for tourists/foreign investment and sucks productive time in removal or processing. Beachside and streetside restaurants and hotels suffer from loss of customers due to the litter and burning outside. Workers in industries dependent on the environment, like scuba instructors depend on marine systems, suffer as their place of work deteriorates over time.

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Lean Phase:  Revenue Streams / Cost Structure  Assumptions: That users are able to assess and evaluate the financial situation of ERS given a variety of customers and stakeholders.  Time Box: 1 weeks Success Metric % of people (within PEV) are able to comprehend the financial information and draw sound conclusions about the financial situation of ERS.  Criteria: Green Light- Create a future template for financial analysis and financial tracking.   Success Point –...

Julia Marks
by Julia Marks
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Lean Phase:  Solution Assumptions: That we are able to build relationships key stakeholders who will assist with repurposing of our recyclables.  Time Box: 1 weeks Success Metric Number of secondary meetings set up with stakeholders who are actually repurposing recycling. Criteria: Green Light- Continue with developing a partnership agreement and scoping out the terms and functionality.  Success Point –  2 stakeholders Orange Light  – Assess the reasons for not...

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by Julia Marks
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Lean Phase:  Currency Test   Assumptions: That a reliable recycling service is desired in Dili among restaurants and hotels Time Box: 2 weeks Success Metric Number of deposits paid for a trial run service.  Criteria: Green Light -  Perform the service, assessing the feedback from the trial. Sign the trial customers onto a regular contract.  Success Point –  15% pay a deposit   Orange Light  – Assess the reasons for not signing and re-evaluate the sales pitch...

Julia Marks
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Project Summary

Please find the attached project summary for both the Collection and Repurpose teams for February 2019.

by Phoebe Chilman
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Phoebe Chilman

In September 2018, the Timor-Leste Government decided that a “Zero Plastic Policy” would be soon implemented throughout Timor-Leste which involves the banning of plastic bags. At the seminar when this policy was announced, the former President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta stated that "Timor as a state, as a nation and as a community, has to carry out its own initiatives to solve the problem of plastic". One of the solutions has been to import biodegradable cassava bags from Indonesia....

Phoebe Chilman
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Phoebe Chilman

In February, much of the focus of ERS Repurpose has involved research into financially viable, local outsourcing options for glass and paper/cardboard in Dili. Thus far, we have been unable to find a local company to accept these materials, in addition, the capital cost involved to produce our own viable solution in large quantities would be too great. This experiment aims to gain a consumer understanding of the market for reusable products made from recycled materials in Dili. From this,...

Phoebe Chilman
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The current agreement (LOA) with Ximenes and Star Product has proven unreliable and difficult to maintain. Without adequate financial incentive to continue the transaction, other options with Verde and Heineken should be prioritised. Moving away from Ximenes to a more stable solution must be done mindfully to avoid damaging professional relationships and PEV’s public reputation. Verde present a promising partnership with PEV in the future and this option should be explored thoroughly. With...

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The Repurpose team in February 2019, conducted preliminary research into finding a warehouse alternative. Please read the experiment results before commencing this task. If we are to continue down the Ximenes Belo plastic bottles outsourcing option at $1.50 per FIBC bag (1000L) or $1 for one of his bags (500L), we need to minimize fixed costs. The largest cost currently is the ongoing cost of the warehouse of $150/month.   Lean Phase: Cost structure   Assumption: There...

Phoebe Chilman
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Phoebe Chilman

Reference to the Experiment Design Post   Lean Phase: Solution, Customer segment   Assumption: There is a want/need for our collected (impending) cardboard and paper.   Results:   Many hours were spent researching the recycling process of paper and cardboard and how it can be done. To recycle paper you have two options, small scale or large scale. Small scale involves doing all processes by hand, this yields a very low output, but is a much cheaper option to start up....

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Phoebe Chilman

Reference to the Experiment Design Post   Lean Phase: Cost structure   Assumption: There is a cheaper way to store recycled material (other than warehouse → $150/month)   Results:   Over the course of the month the team explored numerous avenues into finding a cheaper solution to store collected waste, from considering alternative warehouse solutions to contacting construction companies.   Initially the team played with the idea of purchasing used shipping...

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