Jasmine Kurniawan | uni: jk4493
One sustainability issue in the Waste category is the lack of appropriate disposal of waste for a majority of communities in the Global South. These communities lack adequate sanitation that allows the proper disposal and recycling of the waste produced by humans. As a result, the population is exposed to hazardous conditions that include infectious diseases, which are implications of the improper disposal of waste.
How to turn human waste into drinking water – and more:
The article identifies a technology created by Janicki Bioenery called the Omniprocessor, which is aimed at turning human waste into economic opportunities for communities in third world countries like Senegal.
- The technology transforms the human waste into safe and clean drinking water, ash, and electricity.
- The technology works by using a three step process that converts waste to drinking water and include: solid fuel combustion, steam power generation and water treatment.
- The Omniprocessor integrates the incineration, steam power and filtration technologies that also assist in promoting other environmentally sustainable approaches like saving energy.
The main stakeholders in this case are the local and government waste treatment plants in the area and the public. The fact that the technology is compact allows the public to integrate it in their homesteads and other community centers where the level of human waste is high. Additionally, the local and government waste treatment plants can integrate the technology to transform the large volumes of waste to water for re-distribution to the communities.
Implementation of the technology necessitates the increased investments and distribution by philanthropic institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as well as other international community organizations. A second step is combined efforts with the regional governments to encourage the redistribution and education of the public regarding the use of the technology. Lastly, the technology needs to be fitted in community centers close to various rural communities that experience the highest cases of waste disposal issues.