An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world's population). According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, regions with the lowest coverage of “improved” sanitation in 2006 were sub-Saharan Africa (31%), Southern Asia (33%) and Eastern Asia (65%). In sub-Saharan Africa today, less than 10% of the total waste generated by citizens in major cities is collected by municipal waste management services. In low-income, underserved communities, uncollected waste is burnt, buried or dumped in water and sewer lines, causing perennial floods, damage to property, and the spread of malaria and deadly water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
- Price and quality of materials are major concerns for waste collectors and buyers.
- Waste collectors spend too much time and money separating, cleaning, and transferring waste.
- No easy way exists to access separated waste materials or find buyers at source.
Recyclebot is developing a peer-to-peer waste recycling system to help consumers, waste managers, and manufacturers extract value from solid waste at source rather than landfills, with ease and speed.
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