The program is developed around students – school and college – and them taking responsibility for the multi-laminated packaging waste generated by them and their family. If every family was responsibly disposing its own waste then the work of the city authorities would become much easier. (What is multi-laminated packaging?)
Just like a regular Bank, Safai Bank has account holders, a physical space for a branch and staff. Below is an explanation of many aspects of the Bank functioning. We are still in beta stage and continuously evolving. If you feel something is not correct or needs improvement kindly highlight.
Students who wish to be responsible towards their waste will open an account with a Branch and once in a week visit the branch and deposit their waste. (Open an account now)
Branches are where account holder come to deposit their waste.
Since students are the focus the branches are educational institutions. Students will deposit waste only in their own Branch and not another one. (Register your Educational Institute as a Branch)
Indicative functioning of Branches
The Educational Institutes which agree to open branches will function once in a week only on a designated day and hours. The institute will provide a small space consisting of two tables and a few chairs to the Branch staff to sit and accept the deposits from the account holders. They could need an electricity connection for their devices and also a space protected from the weather elements. The institutes will also provide a storage space for storing the collected waste which will be cleared once in a month.
The waste stored at the Branches is collected once in a month and transported to the City Depot. At the City Depot waste from a number of Branches is stored. At the City Depot the waste will get sorted and baled and ready for final disposal either in road making or a cement kiln.
The complete system is run on an IT backend where all the deposits by the Account Holders are recorded accurately and available to the account holders for viewing in an e-passbook online. The Branch Managers have logins which allows them to access the system and make deposits.
Just like Account Holders, Branch Managers are integral to ensure that the system works smoothly. Branch Managers are individuals who take pride to volunteer in supporting the functioning of a particular branch. Ideally this should be an institute or location which they are already are an integral part of. Branch Managers could do either or all of these roles
1) Accept the waste and login the details into the system for each account holder
2) Train other volunteers to service the account holders
3) Ensure that the collected waste is stored securely within the Branch premises.
4) Coordinate with City Coordinators to ensure that the waste is collected once in a month
5) Keep a monthly display of the waste collected at the Branch to make the account holders appreciate what they have managed to divert from the dumping grounds.
6) Any other task as required.
City Managers will oversee the functioning of various branches in their City. This is a voluntary role currently and those who volunteer can choose how much time and effort they may like to contribute. There can be multiple City Managers and it is expected that they contribute within themselves.
Rewards and Appreciation
Rewards and appreciation are a key feature of the system and linked to the amount of waste collected at the individual, branch and city level. The best performers in each category will be provided with attractive certificates and other rewards we will tie up with sponsors.
The Bank is an effective mechanism for implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility. External Producer Responsibility is a principle which says that any manufacturer of a product which generates any form of waste is also responsible for the disposal of the waste. Thus mobile phone and other gadget manufactures are held responsible for the e-waste generated at the end of the product. Similarly for food waste. Nowadays a large amount of snacks articles come in a form of packaging called multi-laminated packaging.