Location: Motihari, India
Motihari is located in the state of Bahir in eastern India. In the past, waste management was managed in an unstructured manner through a combination of local contractors and informal workers. This led to a situation where most of the garbage was openly dumped in the street.
However, in 2012, Waste Ventures intervened and developed a household fee-for-service model under the brand name “EasyBin”. In October the same year, five waste pickers began servicing an area of 1,500 households. For 60 rupees (about one dollar) per month, waste is collected and transported to a segregation and environmentally sustainable aerobic composting site. Not only does this model provide convenience, but it also contributes to city cleanliness. Furthermore, it is sustainable; the household payment rate is above 90% and the composting site handles 50-60% of all generated waste.
More recently, Waste Ventures has worked with the Grameen Foundation to leverage mobile phones and network access to reduce costs and improve transparency.
How many small towns like Motihari can be reached with a low-tech waste solution?
Environmental Impact: Sustainable solid waste management, reduced landfills & avoided use of fossil fuels, including reduced emission of GHGs and harmful substances
Measurement: Waste Ventures
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