Where does the waste go? Sundas Shahid from circuLocal
Denne idé er en del af Smart & Close — Circular Data Challenge
The problem is that the municipality has a lot of waste and surplus material that could generate social and monetary value for the municipality, citizens and businesses.
The surplus of material or waste generated at the municipality needs to collected into a data set. The data would need to be generated by the municipality. The data set can then be connected and supported by sorting into categories of material, longevity of use, flexibility of use etc. by internal or external staff that could also generate employment opportunities.
This data set would then be used as an input to put onto an external platform that can be viewed by various stakeholders e.g. businesses, households etc. that can see what materials are available for their use. This platform will be a product in the form of a website and later developed into an app that could be easily accessible for everyone.
With the use of this product the stakeholders can identify the products that they need and where to pick them up. The value that it would create for the municipality is that they would utilize their waste, create employment by creating a product that would need people to collect the data and also process it to make it accessible for everyone.
Businesses and citizens can also use the same platform to advertise their surplus material and waste to connect to other businesses, citizens and even the municipality to gain value from their material.
Another stakeholder involved through the connecting platform are people who can be contacted to repair, renovate and therefore re use the material that is being sold on the website. These people can be used by all parties involved. The value that this would have is that if someone is disincentivized to buy something that needs further work these people can solve the problem on the same platform and the users do not have to seek out other solutions and they save time and also use the same material that is either from the municipality or the citizens or other businesses.
The feasibility of the product lies on the simplicity of the process to extract the data that is required. The solution only requires a data set of the material available that needs to be updated on a regular basis. It also requires geographical data of where the material is available.
The solution is circular not just by the using the surplus material and waste but also by creating a loop between the citizens, businesses and the municipality where it creates a mutual exchange of materials, values and trust through the loop that is created.