Redefines End-To-End Zero Waste Ecosystem
25 Apr 2020, 10:13
“Waste”, it will always be produced as long as the process called “consumption” takes place in this world. We have seen a lot of compelling data provided to overhaul business processes and drive consumption. But, it’s rare to find any initiatives taken to refine the process after consumption happened, something that we called the waste value chain. In current practice, there’s an informal model that plays a big role, the series of activities from waste collection, followed by waste pick-up until the waste recycling process into raw materials. The problem is, the model isn’t optimal yet. This is the case we want to solve through Rekosistem. Rekosistem aims to formalize the waste management model and improve its value. We won’t replace the chain that has already existed and proven for so long. The intent is to boost the waste value chain productivity and create a zero-waste ecosystem.
Rekosistem is an end-to-end zero waste management Start-Up that strives for a sustainable ecosystem. We improve how the waste value chain works to be more productive and efficient with minimal behavioral changes. We believe in collaboration and sharing economy because the waste problem can’t be solved without integration. Rekosistem will enable each of the entities within the chain to perform at their peak through technology and innovation. Our model will add value in every effort taken from waste segregation, collection, pick-up, recycling, and processing. Our vision is to bring the circular economy to town and redefine the end-to-end zero-waste ecosystem.
Repick, Digital Waste Management
Our main foundation to digitize and increase waste segregation, collection, and recycling rate. We provide Apps and IoT Connected Box to simplify the existing process. Household, waste picker, waste pick-up company, aggregator, and recycling center are entities that will be served through Repick. There’s only 7%* of waste recycled, one of the root causes behind is only 9%** waste are treated segregated and the rest gets mixed up. Apps will play a big role in the model. (1) User apps become zero waste platform to incentify users by segregating waste in their house. Every segregated waste reported will be valued based on their type. (2) Waste picker apps become an enabler for waste pickers to know and validate the segregated waste. Since the waste is already segregated, it will minimize the segregation process by the waste pickers. (3) Aggregator apps will help aggregators/ waste banks/ junk shops to inform waste pickers about their offer for valuable waste and connect with reliable recycling centers.
On top of apps, there’s IoT (Internet of Things) Connected Box in Repick. The product is designed to detect and value non-organic waste dropped in public spaces. The model will help waste pick-up companies to segregate waste and incentify people to drop the right type of waste to the box.
IoT Connected Box
Renergi, Waste to Renewable Energy
Regenergi stems originally from our expertise in processing biodegradables into energy. Renergi uses an anaerobic method to produce energy in the form of biomethane and fertilizer in the form of bio-slurry. Organic waste contributes to 60%^ of total waste produced in Indonesia, meanwhile, only non-organic waste is highly valued in the current market. Landfill* (almost 70% waste) is still the preferred solution in Indonesia. It makes organic waste is mostly picked up and ended up there. Based on data from one of the largest landfills in Indonesia^^, organic waste contributes almost 50% in a landfill. Organic waste produces methane in a landfill and it is 21 times more dangerous than CO2***. That’s why we need Renergi as a solution for the biggest waste contributor.
Renergi provides tailored fit capacity and design of biodigester based on needs. It can be designed for the community and industry. Renewable energy produced can be adjusted from biogas for combustion, compressed biomethane gas (CBG) until electricity. The model will help waste processing companies to manage organic waste and more industries generate renewable energy in the most efficient way.
Challenges: Informal Sectors
The waste value chain is mostly handled by informal sectors. The model is designed based on what fits with the field and market condition. It has been existing for so long and proven working. If it’s not bringing significant incremental benefit, it will only create noise. The first thing first is how to ensure that the model increases the value and volume of waste in the chain.
Challenges: Behavioral Changes
Technology offers convenient lives for all of us. The waste issue is complicated and hasn't been solved until now. Pragmatically, people only do something simple and beneficial for themselves. They won’t do complex things that will ruin their lives. Sometimes, existing sustainable models offer solutions that are more complex and even expensive for the user. Minimizing behavioral changes and providing compensational benefit are the key drivers to make a new sustainable model fully onboarded to the user.
Reasons Behind Rekosistem: Our generation is fully aware that our Earth is not doing fine. This happens through unmanaged waste from irresponsible consumption. Previously, Business models and processes were designed by only considering their economic value and ignoring their impact on the sustainability of our ecosystem. Formerly, people believe that economic value is the king and can’t be in-line with environmental value. But we can’t stay in this condition any longer. Climate crisis is coming, and our Earth needs real solutions without harming, no more!
Unlike most established businesses, we believe in business that we say ethical. A business that its economic and sustainability values are inseparable. The model that will change the game and redefine the end-to-end zero-waste ecosystem. Sustainable ecosystem platform of our age called Rekosistem.
Source of Data:
* SWI, 2017, 2019; Litbang Kemendagri, 2019
** BPS, 2014; Worldbank.org, 2019
*** Foodsustainability.eiu, 2016
^ KLHK, 2019
^^ Upst DLH Jakarta, 2019