Project Everest

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BUSINESS PLAN Everest Recycling Solutions Timor-Leste July 2017

Andrew Vild
Andrew Vild | Aug 8, 2017 | in Knowledge Base

Everest Recycling Solutions is an ideated and trialled recycling and segregation business operating out of Dili, Timor. The business is currently registered as Project Everest in Timor-Leste. It is important to note that although we call ourselves ERS, our licensing obliges us to self-identify (in contracts, advertising etc) only as Project Everest. Licensing laws in East Timor don’t allow you to be licensed as one thing while “operating under” a different name. This is the situation as of July but depending on how the Project Everest executives have moved/ want to move forwards, the situation may have changed and a new license or change of name may have been lodged (see legal section 7.5).

The main objective of this project is to develop a long-term solution to the waste situation in Dili. It was established that a number of businesses will buy various recycling products and a number of businesses (in particular established businesses run by expatriates) are looking for a way to recycle, however, Dili is missing the link (recycling collection and distribution) between these two parties. Everest Recycling Solutions has been established to fill this gap, establishing a paid recycling pick up service that on sells recycling to individual material buyers. It’s important to start this business as soon as possible as the ADB has identified in October 2016 the gap in the market (waste collection and the potential for recycling) and suggests that a private contractor should be employed to fill the gap. There’s also the instance that the UNDP plans to roll out three-phase bins in residences starting in the highest SES Suco of Dili (Motael) to encourage waste segregation and management but doesn’t have a collection system in place. This is anticipated to be done by September 2017.

Everest Recycling Solutions plans to collect aluminum cans, hard plastic and glass bottles. This model has been trialled at six separate locations, with recycling being segregated and distributed from Maria’s (Our accommodation). A truck driver was employed during this trial and expressed interest in continuing to work for us. Despite an initial hiccup of him requesting more pay of $15 per hour rather than the agreed upon $10 per hour, he’s been very punctual and agreeable in his work, but did minimal legwork when it came to picking up the recyclables (something that would have to change for the long term business plan - the truck driver has to pick up the rubbish themselves).  

We also arranged for an employee and a manager to segregate the rubbish in our absence, with an unpaid overseer to bridge communications between ERS and Project Everest in case situations change and higher level action needs to be taken. However, this didn’t end up being successful due to several logistical factors working against us. Firstly, the land for the facility we had found was not confirmed to be privately owned. This meant that we could possibly be evicted from as early as September due to new legislation that was about to be pushed through parliament. The funding offered by Project Everest relied on us finding land, which was ultimately not possible under our budget (a plot of land from JYL of 600m2 was available for $900 per month which was unfeasible only due to the price - refer to emails). Secondly, our first preference for a manager, Max Guterres was offered a scholarship to study abroad on the second last morning of our project. Max had been working with us for the entire month and so had extensive knowledge of the project, and finding someone capable of replacing him in under a day was not going to be a possibility.

Everest Recycling Solutions charges businesses, bars and hotels $5 per pickup per location, allowing the individual business to select the days they wish to have their rubbish collected. The pickups organised for the customers should ideally fall on the same two days every week to minimise the number of days the truck driver has to work and therefore minimise operational costs. Aluminium is sold on to Besi Tua at the rate of $0.50 per kilogram and hard plastic is sold to Star Product at the rate of $0.15 per kilogram. Star Product showed up unannounced on the third last day of project to look at the recyclables we’d collected for him and said there were too few plastic bottles for him to profitably pick up. However, we decided the plastic bottles should be dropped at Star Product’s facility so they’re not going to landfill (thereby avoiding the perception amongst the community that even if a company segregates waste, they’re not actually recycling it because it’s normally all taken to Tibar anyway). In future, a contract for price and acceptance of the plastic bottles and aluminium cans should be drawn up with Star Product and Besi Tua.

Our team has a number of suggestions for what needs to occur in the future. The most important first step will be to engage and sign on all other expatriate companies that have expressed interest in working with us. After this, future teams will need to choose from a number of paths to take the business! This can include expansion into education in schools and the community, beach/river/street clean-ups, making recyclable products out of the materials we collect, a cash for containers program, diversifying to organics and cardboard recycling or an overall waste collection service, and scaling up to the Timor plaza and other larger stores.

Darcy Connaghan Jul 2, 2018

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Maxwell Boyd 7 months ago

Everest recycling solution about the all business plan that was on this among the all Timor Lester this was happen in July. All of them need to have some more parts on this that was on best essay services this was the company that have the all details about these kinds of projects on it.

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