ToiGlue:An alternative sanitation solution for the urban poor (Updated 17/11/15
ToiGlue aims to bring reliable sanitation to urban slums that don’t have a toilet, providing a sanitation system that works for all
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
There are over 20 million people in urban slum southwestern Nigeria without access to appropriate sanitation causing two major problems. 1) Affected families are exposed to a toxic mix of feces and urine that attract flies – the main transmitter of fatal diseases. 2) Many people are forced to use bucket toilets and pit latrines, polluting surrounding air and water and creating the potential for large land collapses.
We are proposing an idea called “ToiGlue” that will provide a toilet without water or sewage systems with waste collection services and an alternative cooking fuel at a rate households can afford. ToiGlue will offer customers an affordable monthly subscription for a clean toilet, serviced on a biweekly basis. Collected waste will be transformed and treated through a solar thermal technology certified CDC. ToiGlue will combine treated feces with carbonization process to make charcoal briquettes and nutrient rich compost at our facility hub. Overall in 3-5 years we plan on being in three states of approximately 10M people, with 5-10% of the household market on our sanitation service.
We are targeting the urban poor in southwestern Nigeria – they have a home with dirt floors, send their children to school & have an income, but do not have access to water or sanitation. For decades, they have been promised by the government to receive sanitation & piped water.
To ensure a high impact, since day one, based on our marketing approach we met with the communities we wanted to reach and have jointly worked with the locals to develop the design of the toilet according to their needs
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
Unplanned and chaotic urbanization is taking a huge toll on human health and the quality of the environment, contributing to social, ecological, and economic instability in many countries. Of the 3 billion urban dwellers today, 1 billion live in “slums,” defined as areas where people cannot secure key necessities such as clean water, a nearby toilet, or durable housing. An estimated 1.6 million urban residents die each year due to lack of clean water and sanitation as a result. ToiGlue is an alternative holistic approach for healthy and economically sustainable sanitation for slum communities. We want to challenge the common idea of sanitation infrastructure by running closed loop sanitation. While many ecological innovations exist, few are designed for poor urban areas. Many were developed in labs, focusing on either treatment or product. We will differentiate as we focus on urban, private homes and on reliable, nonchemical toilets. With ToiGlue, we can ensure a safe and responsible removal and disposal of human waste.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
We are a Nigerian based organization. We promote, diffuse, support and initiate activities within the social innovative realm. And focus on systemic change and alternative solutions instead of incremental adaptations within the system.
IS THIS A NEW OR RECENT IDEA FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION? HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU ARE ALREADY DOING?
This concept is a new one to solve the sanitation issues in the slum communities in Nigeria. The principal mission is to find a solution for the sanitary issues affecting millions in urban slums Nigeria. A monthly subscription will allow a home to have a clean, functional toilet installed, with twice weekly waste collections and access to a telephone helpline. The idea came from one of our members working in northern Nigeria. It was when working with an entrepreneurs group that he inquired about transforming human waste into briquettes for cooking. Although somewhat offsetting at first, the idea was tested: the team found that the briquettes actually burned longer than other biomass types on the market, and released far less smoke. Based on that experience we aim to produce briquettes that are two thirds charcoal dust and one third human waste. Then we will use solar energy to treat and transform the waste, killing all pathogens and rendering it safe for reuse.
HOW IS YOUR IDEA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SIMILAR INITIATIVES? WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENTLY? WHAT UNIQUE ADVANTAGES DO YOU HAVE?
Other sanitation solution include Waste Enterprises, Xrunner, and SOIL. We will collaborate with many of these organizations and one of the biggest hindrances they face in expanding is transforming waste into a valuable product that can be sold in the communities where the waste is collected. We hope to easily scale in urban slum communities by combining transformed human feces with other organic waste to create a briquette that is in high demand.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR IDEA?
will the local community accept our briquettes?
how will they interact with our overall solution?
WHY DO YOU THINK THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HASN'T BEEN SOLVED YET?
For a long most of the available solution focused on waste treatment to fertilizer processes. However, the roadblock is that fertilizers are not in high demand in the urban areas. But fuel for cooking is in high demand especially for the low income communities. so we think converting waste to briquette would be a new innovation in the field that needs to spread.
WHAT WOULD YOU ULTIMATELY LIKE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS IDEA? WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP TO GET THERE?
Our focus is to provide a toilet with waste collection services and an alternative cooking fuel at a rate household can afford. Our next step would be to run a pilot in more depth by launching a three-month pilot project in an IDP camp, in north-east Nigeria. Up to 50 toilets will be installed for an area of the camp housing 400 people. This would allow us to test our idea before a full fledge roll out.