LINC Myanmar 
Linking Infrastructure and Communities toward Waste Disposal in Myanmar

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With the data collected during the March 2014 assessment trip, we began working on the implementation of potential solutions.


We ended up targeting a few focuses:

We started out with an awareness campaign especially targeting high school students. Flyers detailing the dangers of the current trash disposal methods and alternatives to it were also dispersed to various individuals as well as health centers.

We also helped organize a river cleanup that cleared the trash and blockage of part of one of the streams as well as a nearby drain. It was highly successful with more than 300 volunteers and many contributing groups. Further river cleanups are desired by the population and are in the process of being planned for every other week.

Recycling Factory

Some investors are interested in establishing a soft plastics recycling factory in Kyaukme, removing the most abundant and harmful trash item from the waste stream with the benefit of no transportation cost.  We are currently planning such a factory with the investors.

Bioplastics

To create a sustainable future, plastics and especially soft plastics should not only be recycled, but replaced.  There is interest in a bioplastics alternative, and the feasibility of this in Kyaukme will be researched intensively at MIT starting in September.

Organization/Foundation

An organization to combat unsafe waste disposal is also in the process of being planned.  Drawing on a large network of collaborations, it would organize and carry out the efficient and widespread implementation of solutions to the trash problem in Kyaukme and later the Shan State and further in Myanmar.

 

Timeline

June

week 1: explored potential partnership with local government, taught high school students, created flyers, explored organizing recycling collection system with recycling shops and collectors


week 2: distributed flyers to health centers and individuals, considered establishing a recycling factory with interested investors, organized NGO meeting for future collaboration, looked into organizing a river cleanup


week 3: researched and planned the recycling factory, researched the potential to introduce bioplastics, organized and executed the river cleanup, brainstormed establishing a waste organization


week 4: planned waste organization

June Project Managers:

Reese Caliman

 

Alexander Jank

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