Lakay Vèt (lak-eye veht) is a Haitian owned and operated startup dedicated to leading Haiti’s resource management sector into a strong, sustainable future. The facility will take in mixed waste and produce usable materials that go back into the Haitian economy including:
- producing biofertilizer for Haitian farmers as an environmentally friendly, domestically produced alternative to unaffordable synthetic fertilizers currently available;
- producing biogas that can be used for electric power and as a cooking fuel;
- providing local, skilled and unskilled job opportunities for Haitians;
- promoting healthier and safer communities by cleaning up the trash-ridden streets and ravines of municipal waste thereby reducing disease transmission pathways.
The facility will receive truckloads of mixed municipal waste which will be separated into organic material like market waste and non-organic materials like metals and plastics. The non-organic material will be sorted, baled and used domestically as well as sold on the international recycling market. The remaining organic fraction will be processed in an anaerobic biodigester which will produce biofertilizer and biogas.
“Biogas has the most potential for Haiti, it is low cost, safe and can be used as a clean cooking fuel, to power microgrids, or as a transportation fuel,” said Co-Founder, Sébastien Benoit.
The waste management and agricultural industries are ripe with opportunity and desperate with need. The Port-au-Prince metropolitan area alone generates more than 2,200 metric tons of mixed municipal waste each day. In PaP, a city roughly 158 km2, there are approximately two million people and no public infrastructure. This is a city roughly the size of San Francisco with more than twice its population. The lack of an effective governmental public waste collection program means that the streets, ravines, rivers and oceans are littered with waste. In 2010, a study done on the composition of waste in Haiti found that between 65 – 75% of the waste is organic material, 7% of it consists of plastics and 3% metals. This means that Haiti, like other countries in the caribbean, has a tremendous bioenergy potential. Lakay Vèt’s goal is to use Haiti’s bioenergy potential to turn the Haitian economy around and push for a strong, sustainable Haiti.