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Update on P4P Timor!!

Jeremy Culas
Jeremy Culas | Feb 20, 2017 | in Knowledge Base

Currently, our goal this month is to develop a viable business plan which the next team in either May or July can enact as soon as they arrive. Our intended business aims to transport recyclable waste to a sorting facility from businesses and eventually the wider community where it will then be transported to appropriate recycling companies. The intent is to fill the gap between businesses/wider community and the local recycling business who currently have no sustainable means to collect large amounts of their required material. Our goal is that by educating businesses and the community on how to recycle and segregate their waste as well as providing them with the appropriate bins if necessary, the collection of their recyclable waste will become financially viable as the cost of the segregation and transport of their recyclable waste will be significantly reduced. The intent is then to transport their waste to another facility where it will be segregated and treated to the specifications of our partnered recycling companies and sold to them for a price which we have already negotiated. This business will empower local Timorese, as all employees will be locals in need of work, and the hope is that part and up to a majority of the company will also be given to the Timorese.


Our main goals are to work out the necessary financials and output needed for us to reach profitability which will ultimately determine whether this idea is feasible. Currently, we have accurate calculations on the amount of recyclable waste needed to reach profitability however the issue we face is that with waste it is hard to determine exact amounts as it will vary between businesses and also it may in be inconsistent week to week. To counteract this we have partnered with many large businesses ensuring that we should at least reach break even every week but based on our estimated calculations we should be in profitability in about a year but at the moment the rent of our facility is still being worked out due to the difficulty of finding a suitable place. However this week we are visiting more potential locations so hopefully by the end of the week our estimates are more accurate however our current estimates are based on very credible research.


Challenges we have yet to find solutions for:


  • Green waste: This accounts for 33% of Dili’s waste, however, there is currently no use for this and collection of the waste is possible through our current business model however we have yet to find any viable use for the waste. We have looked into compost which would also help the growing issue amongst farmers of soil fertility decline (nutrient loss) but the cost to for us to produce the composed along with transport makes it financially impossible after our calculations. So we have thought of alternative solutions such as a compost kit and consultation service. This solution will work on an individual basis ideally targeted to farmers providing them with composed kits and guidance to begin producing their own compost as well as consultation if they want to grow their compost production. This will reduce the amount of green waste as farmers will use their own on their compost. Then as they want to increase their compost which they will need to in order to produce enough for their entire farm they will actively seek and gather it from their community which will reduce green waste sent to Tibar (Country dump). Part of the service we could provide is consultation on growing their compost output, such as providing bins for the farmers at a cost throughout their communities to gather green waste for them and other help to allow them to expand because as they expand they shall reduce green waste. This solution at this point is at a pretty early stage so any information or advice on this would be greatly appreciated as well as any other solutions to the green waste problem!!


  • Exportation: One of the biggest issues holding recycling in Timor back is the cost and lack of opportunity to export recyclable material out of the country. We have looked into this and found some options but any advice on how we can find viable overseas contacts in the recycling industry would be of great help!


edited on 22nd February 2017, 03:02 by Jeremy Culas

Amber Johnston Jun 20, 2017

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