Fighting Illegal Dumping to Contribute to a Cleaner World
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In this two-month Omdena Challenge, a global team of more than 40 collaborators built AI models that help to understand and avoid illegal dumpsites. The challenge partnerTrashOut is an environmental project which aims to map all illegal dumps around the world and help citizens recycle waste accordingly.
Each year we produce more and more waste. Dumps are often found in places without an address, without an easy way to report them, so getting rid of them can be next to impossible. A small part of the waste gets recycled but a huge amount of trash still ends up on illegal dumps which are everywhere, namely in our cities, nature, rivers, and oceans. There were 55,000 reports of illegal dumping made in 110 countries.
Every day, an average of 1 kilogramof waste is generated per person around the world, which is 2.7 Billion tonnes of waste every year. This is enough waste to fill 285,000 trucks. If we were to put them in a row, the line would go from New York to London.
Illegal dumping and health
In addition to economical and ecological damage, illegal dumping can have detrimental health effects for people that are living nearby. Dumpsites are a breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes and flies, but also for animals that carry diseases like rats, skunks, and opossums.
Depending on the country, a few of the life-threatening diseases that these insects and animals can bring Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis, and malaria. Also, living in a community that has visible dumpsites could wear on mental health.
The project goals
Build models on illegal dumpsites to see if there are any patterns that can help to understand what causes illegal dumpsites, predict potential dumpsites, and how to avoid such dumpsites.
Develop a classifier to identify if a shopping product is sustainable and environmentally friendly and to which recycling bin it belongs.
Finally, the project community will help to recommend how to keep the database of dumps updated to serve all interested parties and make cleanups more efficient.
For this project, Omdena uses publicly available data and data provided by the TrashOut application.
TrashOut is an environmental project which aims to map all illegal dumps around the world and help citizens recycle more. Thanks to TrashOut, all people can have a real impact on their environment, all you need is a smartphone.
Amazing work done in a super short time. We hope to implement the work and make an impact on the world.