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Safi Sana: Tracking Waste for Social and Economic Value

Aart Van den Beukel of Safi Sana in the Netherlands will enable digital monitoring of the entire waste and sanitation supply chain to improve quality control, reduce costs, and help communities transform waste into resources such as agricultural and energy products. Poor sanitation and waste management can drive poverty and disease, but it is difficult to monitor in low-resource settings. The sanitation and waste industry can also provide unique opportunities for social and economic benefit when communities are given access and support. They will install data collection systems to monitor all elements of waste processing such as GPS data from waste truck drivers to help improve efficiency and reduce contamination and costs. These data will be provided on a tailored, computer-based platform to relevant stakeholders and local communities, along with education and awareness training to encourage new waste-converting enterprises.

More information about Innovation for WASH in Urban Settings (Round 22)

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