The AWP Network salutes and congratulates Wecyclers on winning the 2015 Pitch For Lagos competition, an event chaired by Steve Case, co-founder of America Online (AOL) and founder of the Case Foundation.
Wecyclers is a response to local waste issues in Lagos, where only 40 percent of the city’s garbage is collected. The World Bank also estimates that only 10 percent of waste in Africa is collected. More than 5,000 households have signed up so far and there are plans to extend the initiative to other cities throughout Nigeria.
Recycling companies purchase Wecyclers’ sorted waste for reprocessing products such as mattresses, pillows, and trash bags. The solution enables low-income communities to make money from waste piling up in their streets by deploying a fleet of cargo bicycles to collect and recycle unmanaged waste. Wecyclers also allows families exchange garbage for consumer goods via an SMS-based point system.