Help Review our Zero Waste Implementation Strategy

Status: In progress
Time needed: 
Two weeks or more

As a first step, we need to focus our implementation approach so that we can then use it to prepare prioritised action plans for implementation, to mobilize resources and to carry out effective advocacy campaigns.

To us, this will be our master plan and we therefore need to make sure that: (i)we are targeting the right audiences, (ii) key issues are adequately understood (iii)communication messages are appropriate and will result into the much needed change(iv) The proposed implementation approach is cost effective (v)resources for implementation approach are adequate and (vi) indicators for measuring change are feasible.

I have attached the first draft of the implementation strategy for interested neighbours to read through, appraise, make comments and suggest resources as appropriate.

In order for this process to be managed effectively, I will need a facilitator and I am requesting Romina to assign one to this task.

Neighbours joining this village will participate in appraising the strategy in partnership with the target groups at community level so that the decisions and actions proposed can be relevant to the local situation. Your issues will be presented to the target groups for feedback and the resultant responses will be incorporated into the strategy.

The final version of the strategy will be reviewed and adopted by the town council authorities just before implementation.

Thank you in advance for choosing to partner with Bweyogerere village and for your invaluable support.

Be blessed

Project: Village talk

Hi,

I have the following comments to make on the file 'Bweyogerere Zero Waste Communication Strategy' attached with your post :

AA
Out of the 5 heads, the activity at serial 2 (Increased access to safe water among low income communities) does not connect directly with waste management or 'zero waste'.
1. Increased number of solid waste generators aware of and implementing zero waste practices
"" 2. Increased access to safe water among low income communities ""
3. Increased number of youth groups participating in the trash for cash campaign
4. Increased number of schools and housing units using organic waste to create green spaces
5. Increased number of stakeholders aware and integrating zero waste initiatives in their activities

BB
For each activity, the bottom-line must translate into 'zero waste'. Accordingly, the actions under each category must be very precise and measurable, so that the end result of 'zero waste' can be demonstrated through verifiable means. In addition, a time frame could be inserted, so that monitoring of each activity with respect to time becomes possible. If this is not ensured, then this whole exercise may be limited to an awareness campaign, which may continue for ever without any tangible benefits to the affected community.

Vijai

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Hi Vijai,

A very warm welcome and thank you for being a first to join Bweyogerere village. The team here is excited about this gesture and say Karibu sana. Please find below a response to the issues you raised:

AA
I do agree with you that objective number 02 of increasing access to safe water among low income communities is the apparent odd man out for the Zero waste initiative. However, the traditional wells in the area are prone to contamination from waste leachates at the communal dumps, nearby bathrooms as wells as toilets and soakaways linked to septic tanks and, therefore, are linked to rapant poor waste management practices in the area. The wells are an inseperable neccessity for the low income communities in the village.

It was envisaged that communities around such wells would form an organised group (a water committee)that would then sensitise neighborhood occupants on the importance of keeping their well free from contamination. However, such committees will have to be established as new groups in the community, and fisrt be trained on the zero waste management concept before they can perform their roles. They will then prepare zero waste action plans.

An important element of this objective is monitoring the ground water quality as an indicator of the effect of poor waste management on groundwater supplies. Remember in Bweyogerere there are new industries and hotels being built and the impact of wastes from such industries on ground water ought to be monitored.

BB
Activity (1): the aim is to isolate and recycle all organic waste generated in the village. A tall order but may be feasible.

Activity (2): the aim is to ensure no leakage of waste into ground water supplies in the area. The feasibility of this objective however has to be assessed. This may include targeting industrialists and households that use water borne systems. If ground water supplies serving low income communities reach unsafe levels, the users have to be alerted so they start using alternative safe supply, usually a yard tap.

Activity (3): the aim is to ensure all non-organic waste is efficiently collected and recycled to the extent possible

Activity (4): the aim is to create demand for the use of the already composited organic waste

Activity (5): the aim is to integrate the concept of zero waste planning at all levels in the local implementation structures that exist in this village

CC
Looking at the above response, we probably need to rephrase the effect level activities. What do you think?

DD
I have attached an assessment form that helps determine baseline indicators. The variuos steps are linked to the activity heirachy. Information generated using this form will enable decision makers to determine feasible targets for change and stimulate active participation of all stakeholders. Any comments on these is also welcome.

Thank you once again.

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partenrships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,

Thank you for the warm welcome.

AA
Activity 2 could be rephrased as :
'Zero Waste to prevent contamination of community water systems'.
This will retain the focus on 'Zero Waste' for this activity also.
Or you could create something different which retains the theme of 'Zero Waste' for this activity.

BB
Since the theme of this project is 'Zero Waste', the logical end-point of each activity must be measurable and verifiable. For example, it should be possible to quantify organic waste generated during a period, in terms of measurable units like kilograms or tons, vis-a-vis organic waste disposed off during the same period. It can qualify as 'Zero Waste' if the input (generated waste) minus output (disposed waste) equals zero. Disposal of organic waste could be through several means like converting faecal matter in organic waste to organic fertilizer and methane gas in a 'gobar gas plant', converting agricultural waste to fuel, etc. Similar measurements could be done for inorganic waste - like waste paper collected (x tons) versus waste paper disposed off for recycling (y tons) and the difference x minus y needs to be zero for the effort of achieving 'Zero Waste' to be successful. And so on for other categories of organic and inorganic waste.

You have already done commendable work in preparing the charts up to the present form as attached with your posts. However in the present form, the charts reach the stage of 'awareness generation' only, and you will merely need to add the final stage of 'measurements and verification' of the waste generation, so that 'Zero Waste' becomes a mathematical reality instead of only a concept for the community.

Vijai

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Hi Vijai,
Thank you very much for your quick feedback re the implementation strategy.

(AA) It is now apparent that activity 2 will be a subset of activity 1 (except that we will be aiming at implementing the zero waste management strategy within communities that use ground water supplies in the village). Here we could target either water committees or women that are the primary users of the water, and use them as change agents. To prevent leakage of feacal matter into the ground water supplies, we might also promote ecological sanitation in substitution of septic tanks (that are water bone) in the catchments of the wells.

(BB)We note here that waste management occurs at three level:
i. At primary level, the objective is seperate organic from inorganic waste

ii. At secondary level, the objective is to recycle as much waste as is possible both organic and inorganic. Here all the organic waste must be recycled and this is the start of the Zero Waste Concept. There are best practices that are already known and documented for recycling both types of the wastes and this is what we will be glad to learn about.

iii. At tertiary level, the objective is to dispose off what cant be recycled usually through inceneration or at a landfill. if the amount disposed off at this level falls below a certain threshhold say 5%, then we will be inching towards the zero waste concept.

Ideally, we will be working towards ensuring all waste generated from this village is recycled (an uphill task!!!) and nothing is left for disposal at the tertiary stage.

We will incorporate an arrangement for measurement of waste generated from the units listed in the assessment form, although this requires a little more work and probably provision of weighing scales at every waste generation unit. An alternative approach will be to compare the amount of waste handled at tertiary level between Bweyogerere and a nieghboring village. We will discuss this with the town in the project appraisal meeting next week and agree on what will best work.

The waste assessment form is meant to increase understanding of those involved in championing the zero waste strategy so that they can make targeted action plans. We will develop a seperate section for waste measurement probably on a fresh sheet. When this is completed, we will share again with the pretest results.

Thank you once again for your invaluable input.

Walude
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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partnerships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,

I can see that you have built clarity on all the critical issues, and nothing should go wrong. For measurement, instead of weighing the waste, you could consider measurements of volume - like so many truck-loads, for example. Trucks could be in different sizes and animal-driven or motorized, and an approximate volume of each type of truck could be pre-calculated and mentioned in a chart, and the person monitoring the quantity then needs to simply write the number of truck-loads each day, etc. This will give a fairly accurate estimate of the total quantity for purposes of monitoring.

And, of course, once the system is functional, further improvements can be attempted as you go along. The ultimate objective could be to make this system successfully operate over 3 to 6 months in one village, and then multiply the same module at all villages in the region.

Vijai

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'Bweyogerere Zero Waste Communication Strategy
Kudos guys for this project if only everyone could play his/her role well commit the govt and involve other stakeholders in this project so that every one sees to it that this project is not for few individuals but for the whole community

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Hi Evans,

A very warm welcome to Bweyogerere village. The team here sends you warm greetinsg and are excited that you share a similar vision. The world is a small place and we therefore need to live as a family.

It is true that in order for the Zero Waste project to succeed, every stakeholder must play their role and this is what Bweyogerere Village is keen to achieve.

Pledging a cordial partnership.

Walude

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partnerships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Dear Neighbours,

After a fruitful exchange with Vijai, our team managed to revise the Zero Waste Implementation Strategy to reflect the issues and concerns regards achieving the Zero Waste objective. The revised document is now attached for further comments.

The concept of Zero waste will be reflected at three levels:
(i) Zero Organic Wastes
(ii) Zero Leakage of chemical and human wastes into ground water supplies
(iii) Zero Recyclable wastes being transferred into the landfill for ultimate disposal
(iv) Zero Wastes being disposed through indiscriminate burning to release torns of CO2 into the atmosphere

Vijai, would you please let us know if this reflects your concerns before the Town Council Authorities start the review and adoption process?

Cheers

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partnerships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,

I can understand the difficulties with introducing measurable and verifiable elements at this stage. Under these circumstances, the project could progress in the following phases:

Phase 1
Start off as an awareness campaign with the existing chart as attached with your post above. You can allocate a duration of 3 months to this phase.

Phase 2
AA - Quantify the waste generated in each category.
BB - Quantify the existing infrastructure for disposal of each category of waste
The segregation of waste should have streamlined by the end of phase 1, so that AA and BB can be assessed with reasonable accuracy in phase 2.
Allocate 3 months to this phase, and during this period data to be collected on a daily basis. At the end of this phase, this data must be translated into statistical figures like averages, maximum, minimum levels etc which will then become benchmark figures and all future figures will be compared with these figures.

Phase 3
Introduce measurable and verifiable measures at this stage.
For example, the bottom-line in Phase 1 for the first activity on the chart, in the extreme right column which reads "Increased number of composite pits for organic manure that are in use at all levels", must now be converted to something which is measurable and verifiable, like - "number of compost pits for organic manure: existing XX, to be increased to YY".
And so on for all activities on the chart.
Allocate 3 to 6 months to this phase.
During this phase, continuous efforts will need to be made to ensure how Zero Waste becomes a mathematical reality. What was only an awareness campaign in Phase 1, can be proved to be a mathematical reality in Phase 3.

I sincerely hope this can convert into a model for the entire region within the next 2 years.

Cheers

Vijai

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Dear Vijai,

Thank you very much for these comments. You have made the project to start taking shape. Our micro-planning will now be along these lines. We will now focus on mobilizing resources to roll out the strategy and hope you will still walk with us.

With warm regards

Walude

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partenrships to enhance Sustainable Development

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