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January 2015:

Partnerships with collecting groups will be negotiated

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Our disposal services make it easy for people to separate their recyclables (and future recyclables such as soft plastics) and reusables like compost and have them collected regularly.


Waste Collection in Myanmar

Waste management in Myanmar is historically one of the worst in the region.  Municipal collectors have little supervision and do not collect as often as their schedules should regulate.  Municipal waste collection does not take into account the proportion of waste that accumulates in areas of higher traffic, leaving these areas often unrelieved of trash.  All waste is landfilled, and then burned in small piles.  The landfills in some areas are too small for the capacity of waste they hold.  Some also contaminate nearby fields.  Because of collection irregularity and a limited amount of government bins, people often take trash disposal into their own hands and burn small piles in their yards or throw their waste into nearby streams.

Limited recyclables such as hard plastics, metals, glass bottles, and cardboard are brought by independent collectors who rummage through trash to recycling shops that store and compact these materials before selling them further.  Many collectors are children of poorer families.  Soft plastics, the majority of waste in the town and one of the most toxic to dispose of improperly, is not recyclable in almost all areas.  Composting is also rarely done by a few restaurants donating their leftover food as pig feed to farmers.  


Disposal Services

Our services would offer convenient, regular, and affordable waste collection with the aim of diverting reusable and recyclable waste and reducing the health hazards and pollution associated with improper waste disposal.
›-Collection Programs
There are two programs, one for households and one for bigger establishments such as businesses or restaurants.  Both would offer regular recycling collection, soft plastic recycling collection, and composting collection, besides remaining waste collection.  Recyclables with an established infrastructure, such as hard plastics, metals, cardboard, and glass bottles, would be taken to recycling shops, which then send them further to recycling factories in larger cities.  Soft plastics would be taken to a local soft plastics recycling factory currently in the process of being established.  Until the factory is established, the soft plastics would be stored separately.  Compostables would break down into soil on a lot and then the fertilized soil would be sold for a low price or provided free to farmers.  Alternatively, composting may occur in a biogas digester and produce energy, or the compostables may be provided for a low price or free to pig farmers.  Our ultimate goal is zero waste, and we would continue to research ways to recycle or reuse eventually every type of waste. 
1) Households
This program collects all forms of waste once a week and provides bins for all types of waste collection.

2) Establishments
This program collects all forms of waste a few times a week based on the size of the establishment and provides larger bins for all types of waste collection.

What is collected:
These would all be collected from each household and each establishment.  
1. recyclables
2. soft plastics
3. compostables
4. remaining waste

These bins would all be provided to each household in a smaller size or quantity and to establishments in a larger size or quantity.
1. recyclables bin/basket
2. soft plastics container/basket
3. compostables container/basket

Collection would occur more frequently for establishments with larger volumes of waste than for households, and various forms of waste may be collected on different days of the week.
1. once a week collection standard for households 
2. 2-3 times a week for establishments, dependent on waste volume

The waste path that would be followed is as such:

1. Consumer ➔ Our Foundation
Those interested form a contract with our organization, based on a voluntary waste audit of the   household/establishment and/or negotiations on the schedule of collection that best suits their needs.

2. Our Foundation ➔ Various Collectors
We in turn form contracts with those responsible for various forms of waste management:
a) Recyclables
For recyclables, we contract the recycling shop nearest them, which in turn has contracted independent collectors that will regularly collect recyclables and take them to the recycling shops.
b) Soft Plastics
For soft plastics, we would also contract recycling shops and their collectors or the recycling factory's collectors, provided it would have such a service.
c) Compostables
For compostables, we would collect them and break them down into soil on our own lot, or into energy with a biogas digester.  We may also provide a pig feed service to farmers.
d) Remaining Waste
For the remaining waste, we would contact the municipal office or those in charge of collection and request a regular pickup to be taken to a town landfill that is appropriately managed and does not produce toxins of any kind.  We expect the amount of remaining waste to be insignificant, but a better solution would be continuously researched in order to replace landfilling with some other type of potential recycling or reuse. 
To spread awareness of our disposal services, we would advertise in the mail and throughout the town as well as through our collection partners.
›-Collection Partners
Local independent recyclables collectors, often impoverished and currently collecting town recyclables informally, would be recruited as contracted recyclables collectors for the collection programs.  Recycling shops would have a more formal contract with these collectors to adhere to a schedule that both parties would negotiate, allowing the waste collectors to preserve their independence as independent contractors, and pay these collectors higher wages for the increased amount of waste they bring in and for the regularity with which they would be employed.  

Soft Plastics:
Other informal recyclables collectors may choose to collect soft plastics and form a contract either with our foundation or directly with the soft plastics recycling factory, if it would desire its separate collection service, to ensure receiving a fair wage and job security while still acting as independent contractors on a schedule that would not be too demanding.
Forming either our own compost-to-soil service or biogas energy service, we would contract disadvantaged and unemployed persons as compostables collectors.  These collectors would enjoy a fair wage and regular hours and have the task of bringing compostables to our compost lot or biogas digester.  If soil is produced, these persons would also be in charge of bringing the new fertilizer to various nearby farming communities and eventually to farmers who desire this service.  If energy is produced, we would sell it to an existing energy service we would contract with or provide our own energy service to households and/or establishments.
Alternatively, we may also provide compostables as pig feed for little or no charge to pig farmers.  Our collectors would then be responsible for collecting town compostables and then bringing a bulk amount of compostables as pig feed to various nearby farming communities and their farmers.  The compostables would be briefly stored in the town before being collected in a larger amount for allocation to other storage facilities in nearby communities with pig farmers, at which the pig farmers could pick up the compostable pig feed.

Remaining Waste:
Although we would try to avoid landfilling as much as we can, some items are currently not able to be reused, and in these cases landfilling in a sanitary and safe manner is the most feasible solution.  Working with the local government or those in charge of town waste collection and the collectors hired by them, we would require that the waste be landfilled without any threat of burning, far from fields and communities, and on a lot of adequate size under proper management and supervision.  Medicinal waste would be especially safeguarded to prevent any health hazards, and separated from the rest of the waste.  Ewaste would be stored separately until a recycling infrastructure can be established for it.