Date Published: June 27, 2018, 9:26 a.m.
s far back as 2013, the Abuja Environment Protection Board reported that the city produced 500 tonnes of refuse daily. The productive process of the nearly 3million city residents in one of the fastest growing cities in the world constrains existing infrastructures such as housing, roads, energy and water. The existing solution of involving the deployment of waste collection trucks on designated routes/days of the week results in overflow of dump sites and, frequent littering of streets. The waste collected is dumped in open dumpsites without any form of treatment of the waste. Even more, the waste is not separated from source, thereby promoting health hazards and possible epidemic outbreaks. Our solution recognizes that the keeping our environment clean and safe is a complex process involving the participation of multiple players, including private citizens, businesses and agencies of the Abuja Municipal Area Council. We are putting a lot of emphasizes on formal and informal policies and practices to promote behavioral changes as well as institutionalize new processes of sustainable waste production and management. Our solution involves the Food, Energy and Waste Efficiency System(FEWES) Technology approach to waste management, from a holistic point of generation to conversion of same into valuable products as, biofuels, industrial raw materials and organic fertilizers, while reducing the amount of Green Gas (CO2 and CH4) released into the atmosphere Smart waste Management systems can increase efficiency and improve the quality of waste collection services leading to Operational cost reduction and improve environmental and health safety.
Starting date : 02/08/2018
Ending date : ongoin
The following steps are involved: Carry out a feasibility studies and an EIA ;Develop and launch a City Waste Management Policy, Systematic source separation and recycling of waste including a defined roadmap for waste processing in line with the waste hierarchy(Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste); Installation of Smart Bins using Sensors Technology; Billing systems ; Transportation and transfer stations; Conversion of waste to useful products, Waste to Energy and avoiding Landfills; Continuous awareness and training on smart waste management systems. The following represents the adopted project lifecycle.
1. Source separation recycling mechanism and collection system
2. Transportation systems
3. Further separation
4. Composting and sales of products
5. Industrial application of products as raw material and end products for reuse
The project stakeholders include:
1. The Abuja Municipal Area Council
2. National Information Technology Development Agency
3. FEWES Green Entreprises
4. University of Abuja
6. TD4PIE Hub
7. Federal Capital Territory Administration
The project is being designed to be implemented on a public private partnership basis.
The city government will provide the landfill site as well as responsible for transporting the waste to the landfill. The government is also responsible for putting the regulator and policy instruments in place. The private partners own the technologies and are responsible for processing waste into commercial outputs.
The initial project is expected to cost $100,000 to implement.
This project will clean our environment, will create jobs, improve efficiency and reducing operational cost, bring in revenue from carbon credit, produce organic fertilizer thereby increasing food production, increase energy and reduce cost of electricity, promote alternative energy production
We expect bin level sensors to enhance smart, data driven decisions in addition to reducing CO2 emissions and pollution is the city of Abuja. Remote data collection eliminates garbage overflow and reduces operational cost.
First off, assembling a team was difficult. Next, it was difficult to create/agree on a common agenda. Since it’s the idea that the project be implemented on a public private partnership model, getting the framework in place is hard.
To put the policy on waste management in place, we are engaging with stakeholders through out the process.