Phase III Pilot Program Proposal and Business Plan in Action
em[POWER]’s Project Bangladesh has steadily evolved since its registration as a nonprofit organization in April 2011. Project Bangladesh aims to utilize waste as a renewable resource to improve the livelihood of waste pickers in the Matuail Landfill of Dhaka. After creating and testing prototypes, Project Bangladesh entered into the Phase III implementation of the em[POWER]model in February of 2012.
em[POWER]’s Phase III pilot program will include developing and executing a household waste management system to prevent waste pickers from continuing to endanger themselves by burning off the organic waste. The burning off of the organic waste allowed them to sort out the inorganic materials which were sold for profit. Instead, pre-sorting the waste will improve the health of waste pickers while still allowing them to collect the inorganic materials.During Phase III, a sanitary sorting facility will be constructed outside the premise of the landfill.This facility will be used to properly and safely sort the waste, which will then be transported to the composting station and then transferred for anaerobic digestion. Composting stations will support local agricultural efforts while the digestion system will generate biogas which can be used to generate electricity for local facilities. Meanwhile vocational training will take place at a community center that will be constructed next to the sorting facility. This community center will host a number of facilities including onsite eco-toilets and potable water supplies.
The phrase ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ implies, what we call ‘waste’ actually tends to hold great value when utilized properly. The first step towards collecting this lost wealth in Matuail is to work with local NGO’s as we teach the community how to separate out the organic waste and turn it into compost that can be sold or used for local agriculture. The process will be continuously scaled-up until we can install a small-scale bio-digester to produce methane fuel, thus powering a generator and electrical infrastructure for the community. Waste Stream AnalysisUltimately, we are driven by community development. We are conducting surveys to help us accurately and comprehensively identify Matuail’s greatest needs and priorities.The generated electricity will allow the school to expand its capacity to include more students, provide vocational training to adults, and power computers. In the meantime, we are running fundraisers to raise much-needed supplies for its students. Electricity can also be used by local health clinics to improve their services and preserve temperature sensitive medications or by community members to develop micro-enterprise s that will give them the tools, opportunities, and confidence that they need to participate and succeed in society.Attachments: