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PROJECT adopted

[PROJECT ADOPTED]: Waste Fiji July 2019

Problem: In Fiji, the concept of waste management is an interesting one. There is some understanding of its benefits, and there are waste collection services that operate. However, there is a serious lack of options and transparency in its collection. Recycling requires transporting materials to specific locations during specific hours, waste collection services can be unreliable or expensive, recycling bins on the streets of tourist areas are not actually collected or are sent to landfill and for the vast majority of Fijians, rubbish burning is still the go-to method.

Social Opportunity: The Social Opportunity for Waste Management Consulting in Fiji is the same as that in Timor Leste. The SDGs Targeted are: Sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production. Waste Management Consulting aims to address the following issues:

  • Health effects- lack of reliable 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.
  • Social impacts- 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 street side 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.

Proposed Next Steps:

  • Determine who our customer segment is, through mass surveying of different potential customer groups in Fiji, seeking to determine how Fijians define waste management and their problems surrounding this, and use this information to hone in on a solution
  • Pursue a partnership with Coca Cola Amatil and determine the best way to get waste to them, once collected
  • Begin investigating the logistics of a collection service, including channels. Work to gain an understanding of employment regulations and expectations and begin to build a BMC from there.
edited on 13th May 2019, 00:05 by Lucy Preiss

Lucy Preiss 6 months ago

Status label added: PROJECT adopted

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