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Linking Infrastructure and Communities toward Waste Disposal in Myanmar

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Pre-June trip expectations

Posted by star570a on July 29, 2014 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Next steps:

Summer 2014:

This June, Reese and her boyfriend Alex will be in Myanmar doing a public awareness campaign to target the pressing issue of education on the topic. The means used to accomplish this will most likely be through connections we have already established, including our relationship with the town committee and the English Learning Center. Although we have not received official sanction from the central government that would allow us to have access to certain documents of the local government and work with them in a more established way, we believe that the main members would still meet with us as they had over the spring break trip and would continue to be interested and facilitate our shared goals of waste management improvement.

A town committee member asked us upon meeting him in March if we wanted to call a town meeting to present on the issue; we hope to do so this summer. We also hope to have a continued presence in the school’s curriculum, as the boss of the school had wanted in March; she originally wanted to have a course on waste starting this summer. We could help with that course if it would still be considered, or continue teaching about waste to students and encourage them to pursue activities (such as wastesorts) that would spread awareness on the issue, especially to their families. The third approach would be aimed at the monks, and as our community partner is devoutly Buddhist and becomes a monk himself for two weeks every year, he could introduce us to higher monks and take us to monasteries in the area. As the people gather weekly to hear a preaching on Buddhism from them, they could also tie in waste management improvement with the Buddhist religion. We would also continue collaborating with the local government on how to change aspects of their policy, more of which we wish to focus on during our January trip.

 

Timeline:

1st week: brainstorming-

• town meeting, school curriculum planning, meetings with local government on how to increase public awareness

2nd week: implementation + more brainstorming-

• continue teaching at school, working on raising awareness campaign with local government

• introduction to monks, talking to recycling shop owners about increasing recycling

3rd week: continued implementations-

• continuing school campaign, government campaign ideas

• starting monk campaign possibility, collaboration with recycling shop owners on possible solution

4th week: leaving implementations in place, securing future collaboration-

• working on getting central government approval (informing ourselves of how to do it at the beginning of the trip)

• discussing how ongoing campaigns will proceed, gauging success of different methods


 

Campaign ideas:

1. media lab: phone app tools

2. school collect recyclables to put into school funds

3. community recycling bins

4. town hearing

5. monks

6. school curriculum plan with activities

7. plastic bag weaving (Ateeq and Trochet)

8. collaboration among recycling shops for collection


 

Goals:

1. Get central government permission

2. Concrete implementation plan formulated and carried out



 

January 2015:

The focus of this trip, which Reese and Dou Dou will carry out, will be more on policy change with official collaboration with the local government, in addition to continuing the educational campaign from the summer and improving it where necessary. The landfill and collection policies are our main targets, as the landfill is currently along the side of a single road insufficient for the capacity of the town’s trash; in addition, disposal through burning is not an optimal means of disposal, especially for recyclable waste, which can be toxic to burn. Collection should be improved to more evenly and frequently collect from town districts, with more staff and oversight. Government-controlled recycling would also be considered, as well as restrictive policies such as a plastic bag ban (Dou Dou’s hometown implemented such a policy). Additionally, information on all the changes will be made public in further awareness campaigns.

 

Timeline:

1st week: brainstorming-

• agree on what to change and think through how to go about it

2nd week: start implementation

• begin collaborating on new policy changes

3rd week: heavy implementation with public awareness

• going through the best vectors (as observed from summer campaign) and with more backing from the local government, launch a public awareness campaign on the changes that are increasingly taking place

4th week: evaluate how well changes are working, discuss future work in community

• see how the progression of policy changes has impacted the current system and the lifestyles of residents and brainstorm potential improvement

• determine our role in engaging in the community in the future


 

Goals:

1.Policy change; working more intensively with local gov

2. Continuing educational campaign/public awareness on policy changes

 

January 2014: Pre-Trip Expectations

Posted by star570a on June 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Linking the Waste Path

The components of a sustainable waste stream seem to already be in place:

-community collection service

(by the local government)

-middlemen dealing in recyclable goods (shops and wastepickers)

-domestic recycling plants

(in big cities)


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LINC Myanmar seeks to establish a more consolidated infrastructure between these components to work together to service the local communities of Kyaukme and potentially those along the way of the waste path.

 

Negotiating with the shopowners, wastepickers, other potential middlemen, and recycling plants to have fair wages, better transport, or raise public awareness of recycling would increase the stream of recyclables.

 

The waste management in Kyaukme is set up, trash collection occurs frequently but ends up at a landfill to be burned. Working with those involved in the trade and manipulation of recyclables could change this system for the better and provide a more sustainable working waste infrastructure.


Public Awareness and Involvement

Community support is integral to the project, as it seeks to work with the people to implement a solution they would find beneficial. A main problem identified by an on-the-ground correspondant is awareness of the issue.

Religious and Authoratative


Monks have a large influence in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, and they also generally seek involvement in the social good. Therefore, they may be a willing and effective participant in furthering awareness of waste management alternatives.

 

Though the local government also has a large amount of control over current waste management practices, due to the political instability in some areas of Myanmar, collaboration with the local government will be approached with caution and at the approval of the local community.

Education and Funding Competition for Students

Students are the next generation of the country, and may be intersted in helping shape their communities for the better. LINC Myanmar wishes to enlist the help of local college-level students that share an English teacher collaborating on the project. These students would spread awareness of the issue after learning more about it themselves to other students and upon completion of this phase would have the chance to enlist in a competition to accrue funding for solutions they come up with to the waste problem. This would also allow them to learn more about waste and health in general as well as strengthen leadership skills and creative thinking.


 

October 2013

Posted by star570a on November 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

-Entered the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition

-Established connection with community partner


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