The Open City Waste Management Project
Innovating on the government’s new waste program with organic waste management facilities.
WHY THIS MATTERS
In 2014, Mexico City closed its last dumpster with the intention of shipping its waste to waste treatment plants in other states of the Mexican Republic. The process did not become efficient immediately, creating a problem of excessive waste within the city.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT
The Open City Waste Management project sought to innovate on the new waste management public policy of the government of Mexico City by organizing an intervention in the Tlaxcoaque 8 building, where four different governmental entities are located. This intervention was based on the implementation of a chinampero compost bin. This system uses small worms to transform solid waste into compost. It also helped generate awareness of the new waste management system.
OUR INNOVATIVE APPROACH
Our approach was divided into three activities:
- Creation of a space for dialogue: we worked together to come up with innovative ideas as to the intervention for the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Program.
- Fostering inclusion: we carried out the intervention by mobilizing the efforts of everyone in the building.
- Sustainability: we created a Sustainable Innovation Team in the building, which included the cleaning service providers that worked there daily.
OUR STARFISH MODEL
This initiative was handed over to the Ministry of Environment (SEDEMA) once the pilot had been completed.
We want to encourage and enable citizens to go beyond government measures, and implement their own innovative solutions to the city’s biggest challenges.