[SOLUTION] : Waste Amison – Inadequate access to Waste Management Solutions – April 2019

Madeleine McArthur
Madeleine McArthur | 1 month ago | in ROA **TRAINING**

[SOLUTION] : Waste Amison – Inadequate access to Waste Management Solutions – April 2019


At its most basic level, users will be able to request waste to be collected at the most convenient time. Those who have signed up to the service will receive a text blast once a week to collect information on the pick-up date of the waste. To incentivize the reduction of waste the price-point will be based on the amount of waste the consumer needs to dispose of. The waste will be picked up through a collaboration of local drivers, the waste will then be acquired by various strategic firms who will deal with certain waste stuff to recycle materials.

At present, the proposed solution for the Waste & Recycling team is a USSD based triage system. The solution is based around various key factors: (i) key partnerships, (ii) local collaboration and (iii) education.  The following will be exploredCustomers will have three bins: aluminium, glass, other waste. Aluminium bin will cost $1 for removal, glass bin will cost $5 and the other waste bin will cost $10. If the waste collector sees that these cheaper bins are not sorted correctly, they will pay the high cost of the “other” waste bin.

Key Partnerships and Stakeholders

To create a sustainable model the service offer will need strategic partners to ensure a focus on recycling and waste. These partnerships have been established with Amicycle & Glass Vision. When waste is taken, the relevant materials are taken to the appropriate firm to be dealt with, thus promoting an ecologically friendly service.

In order for our business to run effectively, we need to ensure that waste can be collected reliably. To facilitate this, we will work with the local Tuk-Tuk operators and/or their individual employees.


Our system will be run ‘Wizard of Oz’ style for the MVP. We will receive via text, several days in advance from our customers, whether they would like their waste collected on their allocated day. If they would like our service, customers will prepay using mobile money. Once payment and information is received, we will send a message to our transport partner (Tino’s fleet) advising them of the location and day for pickup.

To ensure our collection service meets our customers’ demands, we will ask for a rating of their garbage men across the following criteria.

- Friendliness of driver (if interaction occurs; our drivers may pick up trash without customer present if they have prepaid

- Efficacy of waste collection (was the waste collected at the specified time, was all the waste collected)


The customers for our waste management solution will be households of middle to high socioeconomic status who are interested and able to use a waste management system and care about the cleanliness of their communities.

These customers will be reached via household interactions and traditional media. We will provide a consistent and cost effective waste management solution. This system will be reliable, such that the waste will be collected weekly on an assigned date at an assigned time. Additionally, the cost of the solution will be transparent. This is due to the fact that a price will be agreed on initially (ranging from $16-25) and then reduced in line with their waste reduction. This is the social impact, beyond economic growth, that we will make on the communities in Amisen.

Customers of our product will pay via mobile money through their phones. Mobile money unlike cash can be sent to us at any time. This allows  flexibility for customers in relation to the pickups of their rubbish, allowing them to not necessarily be home when the rubbish is collected.

We expect the customers to commit to the solution provided and as such follow through with the aspects of our solution. These aspects are responding to our text message a few days before rubbish collection to confirm the pick-up and if confirmed, they will have their rubbish ready to collect. Secondly, the customers are expected to separate the waste into aluminum cans, glass bottles and other waste.


Community involvement will be a key factor for the model to work. The USSD system will have both consumers’ and drivers’ contact details, which will be used to identify where there waste pick up is needed. This collaboration is based around the local tuk-tuk drivers who are willing to increase their monthly income; currently the most important stakeholder is Tino, who has a fleet of tuk-tuks readily available. This local collaboration will increase income and economic activity thus promoting growth.

Tino’s fleet of tuk-tuk drivers will receive a prompt (text message) with the time and location of a waste pickup. The driver will pick up the waste, and deliver it to PEV HQ. In exchange for this, the driver will be compensated 120% of the regular tuk-tuk fare for that travel.

Waste partners

Our key recycling partners will be AmiCycle and GlassVision as they are already implemented in the local community. We can collect all of the glass bottles and aluminum, with AmiCycle recycling aluminum cans and GlassVision recycling glass bottles. For the long term future, we are looking into exploring different solutions for the waste which cannot be recyclable.

The cost and revenue we can expect through our discussions with AmiCycle, is that they pay people $2 per kilogram of aluminum deposited. Our proposal to them is that we will bring them a reliable amount of business every week, and in turn they will then pay us $1 per kilogram of aluminum. With GlassVision, our proposal is to bring them our glass bottles to be recycled, which they will then in return recycle for free.

Over the next 6 - 18 months, we assume that our partners will stay the same, considering that we are able to reliably provide them with our minimal viable products over the coming months.


edited on 28th April 2019, 04:04 by Madeleine McArthur

Andrew Vild 1 month ago

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