Details

Number of subscribers: 23,000+

Location: Lagos Nigeria

Volume of recyclables collected: 6000+

Website: www.wecyclers.com.

Framework

WeCyclers is a social enterprise led by a strong entrepreneurial vision. Based in Lagos (Nigeria), the company offers fair and convenient waste collection services to households and enterprises.

Model

Over the years, WeCyclers has gained considerable trust among communities based in impoverished, densely populated areas in Lagos, thanks to an innovative model. The company encourages households to sort their own waste through an incentive-based system: collecting waste is worth points that can be converted in gifts or money. By means of a wide network of informal waste workers and an articulated internal structure, supported by a sophisticated ERP tool, WeCyclers is rapidly expanding in volumes and scale.
 

Impact

This approach is helping local people to integrate their revenues and fight poverty, as well as having a positive and measurable impact on environment and public health, both key factors for the improvement of living conditions.

Details

Number of employees: 20

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Volume of recyclables collected: 30 tons

Framework

Women-owned multimaterial recycling NPC (Non-Profit Company), which reinvests profits in the development of the business and in improving livelihoods.

Model

Established in Spring 2020, the business operates 2 multi-material sorting facilities where waste is sorted, baled and sold to local industrial recyclers. Waste materials are sourced through two main channels: household waste, as well as community-based mobile collection by informal pickers. The business has been growing steadily since being first established and aims at developing in skill introducing additional recyclable materials to their stream, with a focus on hard-to-recycle plastics, such as multi-layered plastics

Impact

As a Non-Profit Company the scope of VMR is to create opportunities for decent livelihoods and reinvest in the development of the business itself, creating jobs for the local community and with a special focus on women empowerment.

Details

Direct employees: 108

Location: Accra, Ghana

Volume of recyclables collected: 700 tons

Website: www.coliba.com.gh

Framework

Startup offering plastic recovery, collection and recycling services through a custom mobile app designed to manage the collection of various forms of plastic waste..

Model

Coliba has set up a franchise model that integrates teams of trained collectors, the Coliba Rangers, into the digital platform that enables households, schools, businesses and communities to request recycling services and pick-ups directly through mobile app or SMS. On top of this, marginalized households are encouraged to recycle through cash incentives, call credits and other in-kind benefits

Impact

While impacting on low-income communities and creating jobs in the waste management field, Coliba is aiming at minimizing waste-related environmental and health challenges in West Africa.

Details

Direct employees: 205

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Volume of recyclables collected: 1700 tons

Website: https://www.chanjadatti.com/

Framework

Women-led social enterprise that collects waste plastic and other recyclables and transforms them into flakes or bales for the recycling industry.

Model

It is through a micro entrepreneurship program in the waste management field that Chanja Datti is empowering unemployed women and youths from low-income communities. Their business operations cover the recycling flow, including collection of post-industrial and post-consumer recyclables, sorting according to grade and type, cleansing and preparation, crushing into flakes or baling and sale on the market.

Impact

While building an efficient recycling network, the social enterprise is creating opportunities for uplifting underprivileged families through female empowerment, thus granting livelihoods and allowing more children to receive schooling.

Details

Number of subscribers: 23,000+

Location: Lagos Nigeria

Volume of recyclables collected: 6000+

Website: www.wecyclers.com.

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