waste 2 power

We are creating a recycling culture that boosts development, reduces poverty and impacts positively the environment and society with the power of AI.

The problem is garbage

Every year we produce over 2 billion tons of garbage, the equivalent of 110 million fully loaded school buses.

Waste problems are huge and waste generation is ever growing all over the world. More people, growing consumption and inadequate waste management solutions are in many ways choking cities, especially in emerging markets. Plastic is the fraction causing the biggest problems, as it breaks down very slowly and pile up in oceans, nature and city streets.

In 2016 the global annual waste generation was 2,01 billion tons, and without urgent action this will rise by 70% to a staggering 3,4 billion tons by 2050 (World bank: What a Waste 2.0: A global snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050). To give an idea of the scale, 2,1 billion tons is the same weight as about 110 million fully loaded school buses. 3,4 billion tons would be about 184 million school buses.

Our primary action zone will be Africa in general and Accra, Ghana in particular. Accra is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and, although the numbers are uncertain, we estimate a daily generation of 5,500 tons. Only 2,500 tons are registered in official dump sites or collection centers while the remaining 3,000 tons end in places, like rivers, streets, gutters and the ocean creating all kinds of health and environmental problems for the people living in there and costing the local government an estimated 500 million USD per year. 

Solving the urgent problem of waste also allows us to tackle directly and immediately 8 of the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals. Alternergy is aiming to be a significant player in solving these problems.

The unrealised Value of waste

The creation of the circular economy by AKISA enables the monetization of previously unrealized value of waste. Under the current system, products that were produced thanks to resources such as labor, energy and raw materials end up in the landfills. This is as if the physical resources and the time and energy that went into its creation were thrown away after the end of a product’s life cycle.

 

Recycling of waste unlocks the hidden value by reducing the use of precious resources, therefore directly reducing product cost, reducing environmental impact, fostering job creation and earnings derived from by-products such as  green energy production in the form of biogas.

REMOVING WASTE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT CREATES VALUE WHILE IMPROVING THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF MANY

Jobs creation

Estimates average 4.2 job creations per tonne per day of material that is recycled.

Less Environmental impact

6 kg of CO2 will be prevented per kg of plastic created.

clean air for the next generations

1 ton of recycled mixed paper = 1700 kg of CO2 reduction in the atmosphere.

Meet akisa

Akisa helps us set in motion sustainable sanitation, cleaning and recycling, using deep learning models to incentivise informal collectors effectively.

Smart Waste MGMT culture

Alternergy’s collection points are strategically located to accelerate and maximise developmental impact.

At Alternergy we believe that a circular economy based in sustainable waste management practices require a waste management culture needs to be born. Alternergy utilises incentivisation schemes to engage the people to clean the city and become empowered in the process. Our AI allows us to place Alternergy’s collection centers in strategical locations that support urban infrastructure and boost economical development. Akisa finds and analyses information correlations and discovers patterns (such as areas where most of the resources are located, growth rate, traffic and number of active collectors) that are then used to determine the places where our Waste-2-Power (W2P) collection centers are located.

Some of the W2P collection centers will be equiped modular bioreactors to generate clean and sustainable electricity. 

AI driven

Parallel effects of the solution

Collection strategy optimisation in real time is possible thanks to ongoing analysis of collected data.

Sustainable Development Impact

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. – Brundtland Commission (1987)

Alternergy believes that all segments of the population can become empowered by participating in the circular economy of waste.

Our business model allows unskilled workers to create a steady source of income that improves with the engagement and time that the collector puts into it. This represents a low barrier entry way to empower the most vulnerable groups of society.

By introducing more efficient, profitable and sustainable waste management practices, we will start to see women empowerment, poverty alleviation, economic growth, hygiene and sanitation increase dramatically. The developmental impact of sustainable waste management also boosts technological development as garbage is a renewable source of energy.

Clean the world, power the future