Project Summary

[JULY 18] ERS Timor-Leste

This month has been an epic one for ERS!

Below is a quick summary in relation to the goals set at the start of the month 

1)   Sustain the current business

-       On-sold the aluminium cans from collections between February and July for US$73.95 at $0.85/kg

-       As requested by our employees, segregator and driver wages shifted to a daily wage

-       Feedback attained from all customers

-       Business stamp with relevant information purchased so that invoices are now to an auditing standard

-       Two co-managers hired to assist primary manager

-       Land contract renewed until December

2)   Find a minimum of 1 repurposing option for plastic

-       Prototypes – plastic bottle brick wall, thatched roof, weaved bag and greenhouse

-       Greenhouse 2.0 sold on the final day of project sold for US$200

-       In contact with local organisation, ENVAC, for the use of our recyclables in their projects 

3)   Find a minimum of 1 repurposing option for glass

-       Biggest block faced by the team was access to facilities that could crush the glass safely for prototyping. It will be important to come into country in December with a small-scale solution to crushing glass in order to drive the progress of this goal forward.

-       In contact with local organisation, Botir Matak, that hire local people to make products (such as glasses and art products) out of glass. They have come to the warehouse and are looking into taking some or all of the glass between now and December.

4)   Grow the customer base and customer segments

-       2 new Premium ($10) customers

-       Implementation of BagPay with 3 weekly customers between now and December


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edited on 15th January 2019, 07:01 by Harry Telford

Andrew Vild 10 months ago

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James Balzer 9 months ago

Pretty epic,

I'm sure this business will scale up in no time!!

I guess the big question is how to keep re-purposing the recycled goods. This is as it provides an alternative revenue source and also provides access to a new customer segment (i.e. farmers and horticulturalists). Likewise, it also clears out the warehouse, which is obviously something that is limited in space.

I feel as though one of the best things to do is to keep in touch with that guy who bought the plastic bottle warehouse. It seems as though he's an awesome contact and somebody who knows the area and relevant re-purposing opportunities/businesses. Keep E-mailing him and just ask him how it's all going and if he's sighted any opportunities as of yet.

Venture on & Lead Always.


Jimmy No.2

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Sam Swain 7 months ago

Great work team. I had a few questions though.

If you found a safe way to crush glass, have you found a use for the end product? If you have found a use for the end product, my strong suggestion would be to contact a glass crusher, manufacturer in Australia, there are a number in Sydney and see whether you can pitch to get one on the cheap, or whether they'll support you in building one over there with local expertise. I know important one would take a long time, but that might be an option. I would only suggest it IF you have a final solution for glass.

Also, with your plastic bottles, are there any nursery's in Dili growing seedlings on a massive scale, or larger forestation project that need to grow seedlings. I'm currently in Indonesia and have been toying the idea of creating simple half bottles to grow seeds to seedlings. My other suggestion for your bottles may be the use of hydroponics set up, with fish, maybe if you get prototypes to work well, you might be able to generate small kits for communities or co-operatives for raising fish as well as growing vegetables. I am not sure which way the ag team was going, but maybe a partnership opportunity with them?

All of these just some ideas. Doing some great work.

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