Interacting with trash beyond the bin: A role for citizens in solid waste management

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The Solid Waste KSB and Citizen Engagement Community of Practice invite you to:


Interacting with trash beyond the bin:

a role for citizens in solid waste management

Citizen Engagement & ICT in Solid Waste Management 

Thursday, February 18, 2016 ||  9:30 – 11:00 AM  ||  I 2-210

1850 I Street NW, Washington DC

Coffee and light breakfast will be served.


As technology increasingly connects communities, it is also being harnessed to conquer waste management problems worldwide. In solid waste management, a policy area that depends deeply on community participation for success, many cities and governments are looking to technological solutions to connect with citizens to improve service delivery.

This event will explore ways that information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to incite citizen participation in solid waste issues, as well as necessary considerations for developing contexts. Our speakers and panelists will discuss citizen engagement models implemented for diverse objectives, including community incentivization, citizen feedback, urban monitoring, and informal sector empowerment. They will discuss success factors, challenges, and implications for other developing communities worldwide.

  • Prashant Mehra: Founder, I Got Garbage
  • Javier Flaim: CEO, Recyclebank
  • Maria Sarraf: Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank World Bank Project in Morroco
  • Jean Barroca: Open Innovation Consultant, World Bank MOPA Project in Maputo
  • Carlos Sagasti: Former General Manager, EMASEO (Ecuador)


Presenter Bios
Prashant Mehra: Prashant, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, is a Social Intrapreneur at Mindtree building open access digital platforms to enhance Grassroots Livelihood. He heads the social inclusion vertical at Mindtree. His current focus is to build technology enabled micro-businesses in the areas of waste management, small farmer agriculture, and community inclusion towards problem solving. He is the co-founder of "I Got Garbage", a platform to enhance rag-picker livelihood while reducing landfills. Today the platform supports over 10,000 waste pickers in 3 cities. In his 20 years of industry experience he has extensively worked in the areas of architecture and consulting. His core competence is building large scale software platforms. Before founding I Got Garbage, he headed Mindtree's Consulting business in UK & Europe.

Javier Flaim:  As CEO of Recyclebank, Javier Flaim is responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction of the company – scaling and growing the Recyclebank behavior change platform by partnering with communities and brands to educate and encourage consumers to make smarter, more sustainable choices for a waste-free future. Through his work at Recyclebank, he is able to combine his passion for sustainability with his dedication to innovation. During his tenure, Recyclebank has been named One of World's Most Innovative Company by Fast Company, Top Ten Clean-Tech Company by The Wall Street Journal and Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private partnerships by U.S. Conference of Mayors. Before joining Recyclebank, Javier was partner and EVP of innovation at Maddock Douglas, an innovation consulting firm, where he was responsible for helping both Fortune 50 and startup organizations develop and launch industry-changing products and services. Javier joined Maddock Douglas when it acquired Markitecture, where he served as CEO. Previously, Flaim held leadership positions at Hill Holliday Advertising, Wheelhouse, and Yankelovich, where he focused on consumer engagement, consumer insights and behavior change / behavioral economics. He earned a B.A. in economics and political science from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Conn., with his wife, daughter and son.

Maria Sarraf is a lead environmental economist in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. Maria studied environmental economics at University College London. To raise awareness about the economic and social consequences of environmental degradation, she quantified monetarily the cost of environmental degradation in many countries. In Morocco, for example, when the damage cost resulting from the poor management of municipal solid waste were quantified in 2002, it encouraged the government to launch a 15 year National Solid Waste Management program. The Government program was supported by a series of four Development Policy Loans. Citizen Engagement was an integral part of this program.

Jean Barroca: Jean Barroca has been involved in several projects funded by the European Commission working in the topics of Smart Cities, Open Data and Living Labs, developing Open Innovation platforms and applying design thinking tools for the co-creation of services and business models such as CitySDK, PERIPHÈRIA or MyNeighbourhood. During the last years, Jean has been collaborating with the World Bank in the Latin America & Caribbean and Africa regions, working in open innovation issues such as the co-design and development of ICT4D tools that empower citizens to tackle city problems as well as in the co-creation of open innovation strategies for cities and countries.

Carlos Sagasti: Carlos Sagasti is the former General Manager of the Public Metropolitan Sanitation Company of Quito, EMASEO EP, which serves a target population of approximately 2.2 residents and gathers 1900 tons of waste daily. Under his tenure, Carlos led the company in a large restructuring of operations and services, leading to a new strategic plan and collection model that increased service coverage from 87% to 95% in urban areas. As part of this initiative, the company greatly bolstered its technology capabilities including a new fleet communication system and a real-time online weighing and service monitoring system. Prior to his work at EMASEO, Carlos held leadership roles at Ecuador's National Electricity Corporation and ECOBUSINESS (an environment and energy company), and served as an advisor to the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Carlos currently advises the World Bank on implementation models for Waste Management.











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  • Start Time:

    Feb 18, 2016 9:30 AM EDT (America/New_York)
  • End Time:

    Feb 18, 2016 11:00 AM EDT (America/New_York)
  • Location:

    I 2-210 (1850 I St. NW)

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