THE CC MODEL
Clean City is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and functions as a social enterprise with the goals of protecting the environment, addressing plastic pollution, creating a holistic system of waste management, and providing education and employment in one region to start. Based on experience gained in project work in Chitwan, Nepal, we are seeking to create a comprehensive community-based approach to waste management, which can be then be replicated in other parts of Nepal and the developing world.
Our framework integrates top-down and bottom-up approaches with a focus on four pillars: reducing waste through education and awareness, at-source waste segregation, recycling and upcycling, and providing alternatives to single-use waste.
EDUCATION + AWARENESS
We believe the success of our project starts with educating the next generation. Clean City’s education team conducts weekly programs in local schools and villages. Our goal is to bring awareness to the major challenges surrounding waste management and plastic pollution. We encourage local kids to consider collaborative ways we can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. We are teaching generations above and below how to function as meditators of positive change in the world around them.
teach locals how to build their own compost
creative teaching methods
using music, art, drama
EDUCATION & AWARENESS
be the change you want to see
designing climate change curriculum for future generations
segregation + collection
At Clean City, we believe the best solution is to radically shift the paradigm from waste to waste-to-energy. We are aiming to eliminate linear waste streams to responsible waste management systems where useful resources are retained, refurbished, reused and recycled. If segregated at source, we can reduce what waste ends up in landfills by 90%. We believe waste segregation is critical to a sustainable future.
Source: Solid Waste Management in Nepal- Current Status and Policy Recommendation, ADB, 2013
categories of waste for sorting
Clean City teaching local students about proper waste separation.
Most plastics are made from non-renewable petroleum. Some cause dangerous pollution during manufacturing, and some contain dangerous chemicals with known health risks. The plastic recycling codes on products and packaging can help you select the products that are the safest for your family and the environment.
Look for these numbers before you buy. The safer choices are marked with the numbers 2, 4, and 5. Try to avoid 3, 6, and most plastics labeled with number 7.
composting + vermiculture
Waste is a resource and treating organic matter is one way we can close the loops. Nearly 70% of all waste generated in Nepal is organic matter. When mismanaged, organic waste releases immense amounts of methane, which is 30 times more harmful to the environment than carbon emissions. Composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing the release of methane into the atmosphere.
Using vermiculture and effective microorganisms, Clean City anticipates diverting more than 1000 tons of organic waste from landfill this year, which will produce approximately 260 tons of nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Whether converting waste to biogas or fertilizer, the proper disposal of organic matter will reduce our ecological footprint and improve the local community. Learn more about how you can start composting in your home here.
recycling + upcycling
Clean City believes in identifying and accelerating existing economies. We collaborate with established, reputable trash collectors to make collection more organized, efficient and less-costly. We partner with local recyclers to support local business growth.
Upcycling is defined as the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or environmental value. Clean City partners with organizations that are practicing upcycling.
“If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished,
refinished, resold,recycled or composted, then it should be restricted,
redesigned or removed from production.” -Pete Seeger
to single use
Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated). Clean City encourages finding alternatives to single use plastics, to reduce overall plastic consumption.
Here are 10 Ways to Reduce your Plastic Consumption:
Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other "disposable" plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq's, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them, which is a great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
Volunteer at a beach cleanup.
Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to reduce plastic in our lives and the nasty impacts of plastic pollution
If we want to #BeatPlasticPollution, every single person must invest at an individual level. We underestimate our potential when we focus on the problem so much that we fail to recognize the solutions. Every one of us has the power to make conscious decisions creating ripples, which will lead to a more sustainable world for future generations. Be vigilant and believe we can change. We will change.
Alternative to Single Use Products (Made in Nepal) Catalogue
Clean City wants to help tourists and locals to transition to zero waste practices. Zero waste means designing and managing products and processes in a way that mimics natural systems. In nature, there is no waste. Resources are recovered and reused. The goal of zero waste is to minimize the waste that is sent to landfills or incinerators.
Clean City connects with local businesses that produce ecological alternatives to single use. These businesses are committed to ethical and sustainable business practices. By purchasing these products, you are reducing your footprint while increasing your impact. Contact us to learn more about our merchandise.