Green Worx SHIT Project

An Open Letter

Dear Sir / Madam

Following careful consideration we at Green Worx Cleaning Solutions wish to present a proposal that you may wish to consider.

“We realize the importance of finding the balance between our business interests and the obligation we owe towards the environment, the community, their health and their dignity and our staff”.

At Green Worx Cleaning Solutions we believe that it is not only the responsibility of the government, individuals and a select few to protect and preserve the environment and give back to the community but rather companies such as ours should be making changes and leading the way. We understand that in order to reduce global warming and climate change we all need to make changes to our lifestyles and establish new environmental awareness and respect in all our employees, customers and the community whether at home or at work. To this end we have developed a project enabling us to give back to the community, our country and in a small way the world.

 

GREEN WORX CLEANING SOLUTIONS’ Sanitation, Hygiene, Infrastructure and Treatment Project – in short The “SHIT” project.

GREEN WORX CLEANING SOLUTIONS has embarked on its own project that draws its objectives from the international World Water Institute and has formed the “SHIT” (Sanitation, Hygiene, Infrastructure and Treatment) Project which aims to provide education in the treatment of good sanitation and hygiene to rural communities, municipalities and the government

The central objective is to put South African communities as a part to the global community on track to achieving the sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Sanitation is the foundation of health, dignity, and development. Increased sanitation access especially for poor or deprived people, is fundamental for reaching all the Millennium Development Goals.

So why do you ask is it important? In South Africa we have quite a modern constitution albeit constantly challenged by the very people that under wrote to uphold it since 1994.

The part of our constitution that we as a company we find most fascinating is the part that refers to everyone’s right to respect, dignity, health, water and sanitation.

With this in mind – imagine 4.8 million households and the inhabitants of these households’ dignity being deprived daily, their health being comprised daily, their right to good sanitation, to fresh uncontaminated water being denied and all of this because they have to relieve themselves in a hole dug in the ground and without the means to treat the solid waste that if treated will bring about good sanitation, increased health, better hygiene, an odour free environment to relieve yourself and will protect and even enhance the eco systems and underground water constantly  affected.

An analysis of the 2007 Statistics South Africa study into the various sanitation facilities available to the South African population reveals the following.

The number of people living in these areas (Population)

Av. Number of people per house hold

Basic Facilities available to the number of people living in these areas

Province

People

House holds

 

Pit Toilets

Bucket

No Toilets

Flush type

East Cape

6 500 000

1 600 000

4

468 800

44 800

376 000

710 400

Free State

2 800 000

803 000

3

176 660

101 981

25 696

498 663

Gauteng

10 500 000

3 200 000

3

441 600

403 200

102 400

2 252 800

KZN

10 300 000

2 200 000

5

737 000

11 000

228 800

1 223 200

Limpopo

5 300 000

1 200 000

4

774 000

1 200

148 800

276 000

Mpumalanga

3 600 000

940 000

4

438 980

4 700

75 200

421 120

North West

3 300 000

910 000

4

379 470

38 220

52 780

439 530

North West

1 000 000

270 000

4

38 880

11 880

18 630

200 610

West Cape

5 300 000

1 400 000

4

11 200

33 600

53 200

1 302 000

Total

48 600 000

12 523 000

4

3 466 590

650 581

1 081 506

7 324 323

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a recent study it showed that 20% of the population aged between 1 and 5 years living in KZN die annually due to diarrhea that can be directly attributed to poor sanitation and lack of fresh water

Now imagine – Man discards on average 280 grams of waste daily.

There are an estimated 4.8 million households in rural SA with an average of 4 people per household (SA Stats 2007) that utilize a pit toilet daily – this equates to 5.4 million kilograms of solid waste per day or 1.96 billion kilograms of solid raw, foul stinking disease infested excrement being dumped into a hole in the ground without being treated per annum.

The problem is compounded because this large volume of solid waste together with harmful chemicals percolates into underground water tables contaminating this valuable resource – Imagine the CO2 and methane emissions – this must have a significant effect that yet has to be determined. 

It is GREEN WORX CLEANING SOLUTIONS’ aim to follow and implement as best possible the goals as set out in the MGD in accordance with all developing countries in the world and in particular our own Government at the recently held International Year of Sanitation(2008).

Green Worx Cleaning Solutions will strive to:-

  1. Increase awareness and commitment in all communities, on the importance of reaching the sanitation MDG, including health, gender equity, education, sustainable development, economic and environmental issues, via compelling and frank communication, robust monitoring data, and sound evidence.
  2. Mobilize Governments, Municipalities and Community Leaders (from national to local) existing alliances, financial institutions, sanitation and service providers, major groups, the private sector and UN Agencies via rapid collaborative agreements on how and who will undertake needed steps.
  3. Secure real commitments to review, develop and implement effective action to scale up sanitation programmes and strengthen sanitation policies via the assignment of clear responsibilities for getting this done at national and local levels.
  4. Encourage demand driven, sustainable & traditional solutions, and informed choices by recognizing the importance of working from the bottom up with practitioners and communities.
  5. Secure increased financing to jump start and sustain progress via commitments from national budgets and development partner allocations.
  6. Develop and strengthen institutional and human capacity via recognition at all levels that progress in sanitation toward the MDGs involves interlinked programmes in hygiene, household and school facilities (such as toilets and washing facilities), and
    the collection, treatment and safe reuse or disposal of wastewater and human excreta. Community mobilization, the recognition of women’s key role and stake, along with an appropriate mix of “software” and “hardware” interventions are essential.
  7. Enhance the sustainability and therefore the effectiveness of available sanitation solutions, to enhance health impacts, social and cultural acceptance, technological and institutional appropriateness, and the protection of the environment and natural resources.
  8. Promote and capture learning to enhance the evidence base and knowledge on sanitation which will greatly contribute to the advocacy and increase investments in the sector.

We at Green Worx Cleaning Solutions recognize the above and endeavor to subsidize and assist local communities to create their own manufacturing facilities of the microorganism that will bring about change to an already big problem in all rural communities of South Africa. We will assist local entrepreneurs in conjunction with committed local authorities by offering these locals and municipalities and or communities the opportunity to learn about good sanitation and hygiene practices, implementing sustainable solid waste treatment plans and ensuring the conservation of eco systems in the areas of such implementation.

How will we accomplish this?

Green Worx Cleaning Solutions a formidable manufacturer and supplier of bio enzyme (please visit our website www.green-worxcs.co.za ) products designed for the treatment of solid waste and in particular pit toilets. We will donate our time in training and teaching the value of Microzyme D60 to participating local authorities, municipalities and communities.

Following is a product datasheet of our product Microzyme D60 which will bring about change

Microzyme D60 is a proprietary blend of superior aerobic and anaerobic bacteria selected for their ability to degradade organic waste.

The product contains both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in equal proportions and hence can be used in many different applications.

APPEARANCE:             Light brown, low dusting powder on a cereal/salt base.

SOLUBILITY:                > 80% inH2O.

SPECIFICATIONS:       Aerobic bacteria               :  not less than 8 x 108/g

Anaerobic bacteria          :  not less than 7,8 x 108/g

Heavy metals                :  less than 50 ppm

Afflatoxins                    :  absent

Antibiotic activity            :  absent

E. coli                           :  absent in 0.1g

OPERATING                  pH Optimum                    :  5,0 – 8,5

CONDITIONS:               Temperature tolerance      :  Up to 50oC

Effluent with a pH outside this range should be pre-treated with a suitable acid or lime prior to dosing with Microzyme D60.

APPLICATIONS:    Each application must be carefully studied prior to dosing    to establish the appropriate dosage regime.

The following dosages are merely a guideline.

Dosage Guidelines                             Initial Dosage                 Maintenance Dosage

Septic Tanks (Pit Toilets/

Grease Traps)                                      100g per week                        100 g per month

for 1 month

Industrial Effluent (e.g. abattoir)        1% for 3 days (w/w)              0,3% per day (w/w)

Agricultural Waste                              4% once off  (w/w)                1% weekly (w/w)

Sewage Plant                                     Initial Dosage                    Maintenance Dosage

– Trickling filter                                  0,1% once off (w/w)               0,05% weekly (w/w)

– Anaerobic Digester)                         1% for 3 days (w/w)                1% weekly (w/w)

– Oxidation Pond       )                       1% for 3 days (w/w)               1% weekly (w/w)

– Activated Sludge     )                        1% for 3 days (w/w)              1% weekly (w/w)

INACTIVATION OF

MICROZYME:               Enzymes present in Microzyme D60 will tolerate temperatures up to 70oC.  However, the bacteria in the product cannot tolerate temperatures in excess of 50oC.  High concentrations of heavy metals will inhibit the activity of the product.  Common cleaning agents containing chlorine (bleaches) and quaternary ammonium compounds (disinfectants) etc. can have a detrimental effect on the product.  Neutralization of these inhibitors is necessary before treatment with Microzyme D60.

PRODUCT

AVAILABILITY:           Microzyme D60 is available in 25kg & 5 kg paper bags.

SAFETY

PRECAUTIONS:            Microzyme D60 is an environmentally friendly, safe-to-use product that contains a non-GMO strain of  Bacillus Subtilis spore and various Enzymes derived from this organism, for example Bacterial A-Amylase and Proteases.

No product specific certification is provided for however the strain for the active ingredients is non –pathogenic and the Enzymes are produced by standard fermentation techniques and conform to Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status and have FDA approval for Foodstuff applications.

The preparation conforms to FAO/WHO and FCC recommended standards. In the event of an accidental spillage wash the affected area with copious amounts of water.

STORAGE:                           To maintain maximum activity of the enzymes and the         viability of the bacteria, Microzyme D60 should be stored under cool & dry conditions i.e. <250C.

Interested and participating communities can by establishing their own infrastructure be instrumental in creating more pit toilets, which in turn brings about good sanitation and hygiene practices they will develop a network sales and marketing campaign that is aimed at accomplishing the following:-

  • Relieving the local authorities of actual expenditure both on the acquisition cost of Microzyme D60, other maintenance on pit toilets and the cost of erecting new pit toilets
  • Interested community members will have the opportunity to develop a business by acquiring the raw material from green Worx Cleaning Solutions for Microzyme D60, selling the product on to other members of the community they live in thereby creating a lucrative business, alleviating poverty and creating the opportunity to channel funds back into the societies they reside in plus the fact that they will also be part of the pit toilet donation project. This initiative is also coupled with providing community education on good sanitation and practical hygiene.

Practical network profitability example:

  • A community that has 3500 pit toilets would require 350 kilograms of Microzyme D60
  • Acquisition cost of Microzyme D60 = R 11,375.00
  • The resale of 3500 packets of 100 gram of Microzyme D60 @ R 10.00 would equate to            R 35,000.00
  • Gross Profit on the sale of 3500 x 100 gram packets = R 23,625.00

If the person or persons interested in such an opportunity were to employ 3 people to act as sales people in this endeavor each would realize an income of R 3,062.50 per month which by comparison to the average income of an unemployed community member of an informal settlement would go a long way in providing essentials.

Interested parties should contact Green Worx Cleaning Solutions directly to discuss such an opportunity