Inspiration Sun being a renewable energy source in the UAE is not in short supply by nature and could be as high as 40-degrees Celcius. Several initiatives are in place by the government to incorporate solar in their energy mix. However, a careful observation as a resident noticed that some of the waste -bin compacts storage get filled up before the others littering the surroundings with dirt and wastes, while some are empty. This suggests that service providers and managers of environmental services (Municipal Authorities ) at the Emirates, regions or local level can also take advantage of this solar to better improve routine waste collection and management leveraging connected devices (IOT) powered by solar.

What it does The service would enable waste managers to improve their routine waste collection via an alert system update created through the connected device (IOT) to the bin compact storage thereby keeping the environment clean and responding faster to damaged or defects bin compacts storage.

How I built it The system needs to be built with windows app, on-line real-time dashboard connected solar PV panels attached to the waste bin compact storage, good mapping, and enumeration of the available bin compact storage.

Challenges I ran into The possibility of having a decentralized blockchain system of monitoring bin compact storage that can be accessible to concern routine maintenance environmental service providers, rather than having one source or central authority/ department that issue roaster on the routine evacuation of waste on the street.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of I am excited about the fact that existing bin compact storages was surveyed and captured the way they are with some filled with household and industrial wastes yet to be disposed and others nearly empty.

What I learned Decentralised and real-time information access by waste managers could reduce greatly the TAT Turn around time and responses to bin compact storages that get filled up faster than the other, thereby deploying more resources to better manage the waste and maintain a cleaner street.

What's next for Renewable Energy Powered Waste Management It is expected that the two PSP operator Private sector participant identified in the course of the survey and other private waste managers would embrace renewable powered waste management method to maintain a cleaner city and serve those vicinities that generate more waste promptly.This also means in economic terms cost savings in labor, maintenance and fuel for operators.

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In developed and normal societies, waste management simply puts means the collection, keeping, treatment and disposal of waste in such a manner that renders them harmless to human and animal life the ecology and the environment in general. It could also be said to be the organized and systematic dumping and channeling of waste through or into landfills or pathways to ensure that they are disposed of with attention to acceptable public health and environmental safeguard. Proper waste management will result in the abatement or total elimination of pollution. Source (Saturday Magazine, The Guardian).

Waste Management in UAE.

Dulsco Waste Management Services (WMS) is the first IMS (Integrated Management System - ISO 9001:2008;14001:2004 & 18001:2007) certified Waste Management Company in the UAE. Dulsco Waste Management Services, established in 1996, Dulsco’s services for waste management in Dubai has been committed to protecting the environment and untiringly working with communities and corporates to make the world a better, cleaner and greener place to live in. With an extensive fleet of vehicles designed to suit different requirements, they are specialists in the collection, transportation, and disposal of any kind of a waste. Source (www.dulsco.com).

Solar Energy in the UAE

The UAE began actively promoting the development of solar power generation in April of 2008. Both emirates have ambitious initial targets: Abu Dhabi wants solar to account for 7% of its output by 2020, while Dubai is aiming for 5% by 2030. Abu Dhabi has launched projects using both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technology, while Dubai is currently focusing on PV systems. While still producing less than 1% of total electricity in the UAE, solar initiatives have advanced considerably since the year 2000. Facilities in the Emirates currently account for more than half of the solar power capacity in the GCC and the Levant.

However, with the abundance of solar energy potentials in the Gulf countries and the UAE in particular, the ambitious plan of both the Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates of generating a certain percentage of their energy need can also be leveraged by waste managers and service providers in the emirates to better monitor waste collection and disposal faster than they currently do.

The deployment of the solar-powered waste bin compact storage would not only ensure cleaner city and neighborhood but will also ensure a healthy environment for human beings and animals within the ecosystem, because an alert monitoring system can be seen real time by assigned staff to quickly respond to the touch points identified.

Another advantage to the waste managers and service providers are the drastic reduction in labor, cost, maintenance, fuelling and other operational expenses.

Blockchain and decentralized data for waste management.

There are different kinds of blockchain systems, the best known of which is the bitcoins, which is why it is commonly known as the blockchain. The common feature of all these systems is the functionality of a large registry in which all transactions take place so that they are accessible to all players in real time without being stored at any particular location. This last feature makes the system particularly reliable because the information cannot be counterfeit.

In this case, the blockchain system does not intervene in the waste management itself but through the management of contracts of the providers. Waste management is a complicated world in which providers operate on defined missions. A station can have up to 6 suppliers for the management and sorting of its waste, so it is a lot of contracts and a lot of small transactions.

In this case, the transactions recorded are the movements of the bins made by these companies. The workers, agents and service providers, can then immediately take note of the progress of the work and optimize their actions.

Does the disintermediation solution offered by the blockchain impact waste management?

The blockchain system is particularly adapted to the world of waste, which is itself already decentralized because of the multitude of stakeholders in the management process.

Thanks to Bluetooth beacon tags installed in each bucket and transmitting the information to the system in real time, the latter allows us to record these data without the intervention of an individual. Previously, we did not have visibility on the types of waste we sort. Thanks to this automation, the instantaneous and reliable data collection, we can now concentrate on the development of innovative sorting systems offered by other suppliers. Source (www.digital.sncf.com)

Users/Client The users are waste managers and service providers.

Pain points Littering the waste bin compact storage surroundings as a result of filled compact bins as can be seen in the survey carried out.

Competitors.

The alternative solution to the decentralised data management for waste management is still the conventional way of waste collection. In the course of the survey two private waste managers or service providers are identified in my locality namely: 1, Aims Group 2 Riadah environment services. The improved and solar compact bins storage would still be a new initiative for whoever deployed it first.

How we will make money

Existing waste managers or service providers should audit their books before and after the implementation of the new solar-powered bins, more savings will be plowed back in terms of labor cost, maintenance and other operational expenses.

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