We reached out to local communities for volunteer data collectors. Mr Bedri Cahani, director of the "Hajdar Dushi" school, even involved his students.
We organized ourselves in small teams of 2 or 3, totalling 30 volunteers. Each team was assigned a geographical zone to spot and report illegal dumping sites.
No need to re-invent the wheel when we can re-use proven data collection solutions. TrashOut is an already existing world initiative to locate and report all illegal dumps.
When the TrashOut app wasn't compatible with some of our smartphones, we simply collected data the old school way; with clipboards, printed maps, and pens.
The municipality's waste management company had recently opened data on its garbage truck routes so we incorporated those as well.
We played with the data as soon as it was colleced and experimented with neat visualizations when, all of a sudden, we ended up with this neat prototype!