OPEN CITY WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE INNOVATION
We collaborated with the Ministry of the Environment to work in different government agencies, innovating the government's new waste program with organic waste management facilities in order to address Mexico City's waste challenge.
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.
We want to encourage and enable citizens to go beyond government measures, and implement their own innovative solutions to the city’s biggest challenges.