Name: Jenica Beatriz Dizon
Country: The Philippines
Course: MSc Water and Sanitation for Development
University: Cranfield University
Jenica has recently shared her Masters research exhibition at Cranfield University.
Title: The circular sanitation economy in India: A comparison of two business models involved in the enterprise of toilet resource-derived compost.
The Circular Economy (CE) posits an alternative to the traditional linear system of producing and consuming goods. In sanitation this involves the input of human excreta into a closed looped cycle that recovers its nutrients to manufacture products (e.g. bio-gas, organic fertilisers, soil conditioners, etc.) that create additional value and income streams. This approach has paved the way for alternative fecal sludge management solutions, specifically in low-income high density areas where the adoption of traditional sewer networks is not feasible. Using a case study approach, this analysed business models of two CE sanitation ventures that retail compost toilet resources to determine the major factors, barriers and enablers of the enterprise’s sustainability. Results show that the difference in governance and management schemes, alongside perception challenges, and the lack of standards for human excreta-derived compost are key influences to the endeavor’s success.
We look forward to seeing how Jenica’s research will impact developing countries.
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