Indiscriminate waste disposal is as much a mindset/consumption pattern problem as it an infrastructural menace. To increase the awareness of citizens on the hazards of indiscriminate waste disposal as it relates to public health, economy and environment, we organise online and offline campaigns in collaboration with other change agents. Where necessary we also coordinate cleanup of existing dumps within communities, usually in partnership with local government and corporate general waste collection companies.
- Improve education on waste management practice
- Improves adoption of new recycling scheme
- Improves efficiency of traditional waste management practices
- Fosters a behavioral change in waste generation & management by improving consciousness
We collect clean and dry recyclables such as Plastics, Nylons, Aluminum Cans, Office/Corrugated Paper, and Glass jars, from households and businesses within Abuja, using an integrated system of drop off centres, curbside (door-to-door) collection and buy offs from affiliated waste pickers.
Drop offs: This scheme is available in low-income, low-medium density communities where we have installed a recovery centre on reclaimed dumpsite. Residents are encouraged to bring their recyclables to these centres in exchange for accruable points with which they can get local shopping vouchers. The value of the recyclables is recorded in “points” on a Ecobarter database and communicated to the user via sms. Any duly registered user can also keep track of points here
Curbside Collection: In more organised communities, usually high-density, we run a door-to-door collection scheme. The community as a whole is treated a super user and a flat rate is accorded to recyclables retrieved and redeemable by the community as a whole. We run door-to-door collection using handcarts and trucks where necessary.
- Reduces the volume of waste that is sent to landfills by 40%
- Improves communal participation in building a sustainable city
- Improves the quality of waste material that is recovered
- Improves ease of recycling
Waste resources recovered from various households, communities and drop-off centres are treated at Ecobarter’s material handling stations. They are sorted, baled and sold to different recycling manufacturing companies for revenue.
- Improves sustainability of recycling in communities
- Provides 6X more jobs than landfilling
- Reduce dependency on exploitation of virgin materials
- Reduce energy consumption at production
Training & Consultancy
We offer training for individuals, informal groups and corporate bodies on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose their waste.
We have a signature hand-woven single-use plastic bag to fabric that we train women in host communities, to improve their earnings as they make functional outdoor fashion ensembles such as backpack, tote bags from the handwoven plastic fabric.
- Increased awareness towards eco-sustainability
- Changes in waste generation/disposal pattern
- Involved participation of all
- Improved perception of waste-to-wealth
- Women empowerment & skill acquisition