The SORT System™ offers a way to manage and own the value in your discarded resources.
It's a simple concept
It all starts with sorting your waste at the source. The SORT System™ keeps discarded materials separated so you can retain their value and build new options for re-use.
It's a familiar concept
It’s how we’ve managed our waste for millennia. With digital technology and new business models emerging, we can address the needs and global challenges present in current waste management systems.
It's a global concept...
The SORT System™ is adaptable, collaborative, open and designed with people. It can be implemented in Toronto apartments, Melbourne households and villages in rural China.
... with a global context
Recovered resources can be picked up by local manufacturers, recyclers, designers and start-ups who can use digital tools to regenerate and reuse them. Landfill contributions can decrease and local remanufacturing can increase.
The SORT System™ is an open source system, being developed through a major collaboration among designers, developers, academics and community members in West End, Queensland.
This network is coming together to form the SORT Foundation, which will release a White Paper and associated Github in early 2018. The SORT Foundation will manage the ongoing development of the SORT System™ with the first installation commencing in early 2018.
In the first stages of the SORT System™ installation, this network will work closely with early adopter subscribers in the West End District including residential households, apartments, cafes and businesses.
The SORT System™ is a distributed waste management system that eliminates many layers of present services.
It completely overturns the current system by allowing the resource owner to sell their resources, rather than pay for their disposal. This is feasible because the SORT System™ is built on the Blockchain — an open, distributed ledger that provides a transparent, safe, unalterable, and inerasable record of transactions between two parties.
The resources move from the resource owner to the buyer along a reverse supply chain — largely mirroring the supply chain that brought the resources into the home or business in the first place!
The transactions at each point along this reverse supply chain are tracked by digital tools that record everything from the physical characteristics of the resource (type, weight, composition) to certifications (e.g. organic status and animal welfare).
By returning the value in discarded resources to their owner, the SORT System™ gives substance to the concept of waste as a resource.
Once the smart contract is established, payments are made as a stream of online micropayments through the Blockchain. There is no need for invoicing and all transactions are captured in a secure distributed ledger, which can be checked by the resource owner or buyer through the SORT DApp (decentralised application).
But the payments for your resources are not the only return available.
The data collected by the SORT System™ reflects the detailed consumption patterns of your household or business. Such data is hotly sought-after by marketers, and is effectively an additional valuable resource you can capture through the SORT System™.
We do not release this intimate personal or commercial data to the buyer or any other party. Once it has been used to form the aggregate data at each collection point needed for the smart contract, we return it to you securely through the Blockchain.
You then have a number of options:
You might retain the data securely, as a record of your family’s nutrition or consumption patterns, or your business inputs;
You might sell the data for marketing purposes;
You might make it available for community benefit, such as public health research or environment monitoring.
We can supply you the tools you need to manage your data securely through any of these options.
The other returns to the resource owner are the savings that can be made as you move away from your current arrangements. This may require negotiation with your local government, building manager or body corporate. The SORT System™ provides a transparent way to
track your usage of these facilities as a basis for these agreements.