How do we revolutionize the garbage system?

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Below is the intro video.

What you need to know:

  • It is estimated that garbage trucks will pick up garbage only 2 a week.
  • An average person produces an estimated 5.91 pounds a day that’s 43.57 pounds a week which is 19.7 kilos! Now imagine 5 or even 6 people living in the same house that would be 217 and 261 pounds respectively.
  • It is estimated that 11.5 billion dollars just in the united states are used to clean up garbage each year.
  • Approximately only 30% of waste actually gets recycled from the 292.4 million tons of garbage produced.

Eye-Opening Statistics on Littering | Visual.lyThe world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious - Los  Angeles Times

Response Solution:

My solution to all these problems is my Skoupídia system (garbage in greek). My idea is to make huge pipes under the ground of a city which is connected to homes, buildings, streets, etc., and recycling plants and waste storages. The pipes will come out of the ground in a house, for example, when your garbage is full and want to dispose of it you merely move to the pipe and place your garbage in it, the garbage will then be connected to the recycling plant and move by the suction force. ‘every twelve steps you take there is a guarantee you will find litter’, my idea is to change this and make sure every pace there is no litter and furthermore every ten paces has a pipe where we can throw our garbage.  This system is huge and will be hard to make it in a big city like new york, that is why I have decided to first try this system in a small city then move on to a big city. The below shows a draft of how this system will function.

Customer Research:  

After extensive customer research, I found that  75% of the people I interviewed liked my idea and would recommend it.

Business Model Canvas:

The business model canvas is the heart and soul of a start-up it is s strategic management template for creating innovative business models and recording existing ones. 

This project will be hard and very costly to do alone, so as you can see from my BMC (business model canvas) I have decided to make key partners like the government, NGOs and etc. to support this project. We are making this for everyone and will maintain a good relationship with our customers with feedback, surveys, and 24/7 service. This project offers cost reduction, accessibility, clean streets, and getting the ‘job’ done. Our revenue streams will come from government subsidies, sponsorship, and monthly fee paid by people.

Advantages and Disadvantages:

The advantages of this system are not only clean up the trash and enhancing people’s lives so they can have an easier and more convenient way to throw trash, reduce global warming but also make a profit.

The disadvantages of this system are it being very costly and hard to make.

For this project I used a lot of recourses. Tap below to get the work cited.

The Anatomy of a "Thank You"


I am looking for any type of constructive feedback that you can give me. I am particularly interested in what you guys think about my project, so comment down below. Thank you everybody for clicking on my project.



  1. Hi Kiyaan,
    This was very informative, I had no idea that Brazil was the third largest waste producer. I found your idea to be very interesting and relevant to a current problem. I wonder if there are any examples of this working in cities today?

  2. Hi Kiyaan! I found your project both informative and interesting. Your solution is definitely something that has never been done and I find that it could be successful through trial and error. However, I do have some questions regarding some issues I believe you will encounter. What will you do if the pipes get too backed up or the waste gets stuck? How will you ensure wildlife won’t get into the pipes? If these are attached to people’s houses, do you predict the pipes will start to produce a scent throughout their homes?

  3. Good job Kiyaan! Your project was constructed very nicely! Your use of photos and infographics was a great addition to this project. I think that your proposed solution is a good idea, but I do have some concerns. Much of the underground systems in cities are already packed in with electrical systems, subways, and sewers, so how would you get around those obstacles? How would people feel about needing to install a tube into their house if they don’t have the money for it? Would the cost of everything need to be paid by the individual or by the people who what to construct it?

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