Waste Management

  • Abhishek Rajesh Pawaskar, Lanka Naga Sai Deep, Sai Vennela Gudimella
  •           With the increase in population, the amount of waste generated proves to be a huge problem for both humans and the environment and is continuing to grow at an exponential rate. The effects of these wastes are not only detrimental but also life threatening to all the life forms including humans. To be specific, if one single house produces 1 kg of waste every day then on an average the waste produced by that house for a year will be around 365 kg. Now imagine how much waste will be generated by the entire residential colony. All these waste collected by the municipality/corporation will be dumped in the landfills and if we see the entire life cycle of any material then we are seriously out of balance when it comes to materials as resources are renewable and can be recycled. But the way these wastes are managed is where the problem lies.

  • In any city or town, Corporations or municipalities are responsible for the primary administration and welfare of the public. In most of the cities the waste management techniques are not efficient in fact the landfills or open disposals are a much bigger threat to the public health in the vicinity of such dump yards. Here both the citizen(house holders of age around 25-60) and the municipality are responsible for such a situation as the house holders do not segregate the waste and the municipality usually does not implement any efficient waste management techniques.   

  •        I'm from beautiful place called Karwar, where some also call it as 'Kashmir of Karnataka'. But every morning when I get up and stand outside my house, the first thing that I see is a mini truck from municipality that comes to collect the daily household waste. They do collect waste in 'Dry' and 'Wet' forms separately.  But unfortunately all the wastes end up in the dump-yard which is exactly 5 km far from our town(also from my house). These landfills has not only made its surrounding residential areas unpleasant to breathe fresh air but also has caused a lot of health problems to the people residing within 3 km radius of that dump yard. Also, the municipality collects around Rs.750 per year from every household to collect the waste everyday. As day passes, the situation gets worse with more wastes being piled up. Now this made me think that what can be the after life of objects after they are no more useful in that state, which lead me to come up with a new concept called "Trashify". Sounds something like "Cashify" right? But here 'You get CASH for giving the TRASH'. Trash in a segregated format. We have found that every object has a "after life" with a business value (except wastes like old Li-ion battery and medical wastes) and if received in a segregated form, it can be channeled to its respective fields where they would be needed. So, TrashATM is a concept under Trashify where the user can deposit the trash in a segregated form and if found satisfied with all the wastes under segregated form then based on the present market price and weight, the amount will be credited into the user's account through online mode.  Here the user can make money from the waste. Isn't that fascinating?   

  • Flow Chart of entire Trashify Concept


    Demo Video of prototype version of Trash ATM


    Web Site link


November 4, 2019

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