Turning Trash into Cash: Wecylers of Lagos, Nigeria

Seminar | October 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Founder, Wecyclers; Olawale Adebiyi, Chief Executive Officer, Wecyclers

 Center for African Studies

A seminar in our Africa Matters series.

Empowering people through their waste management start-up, WeCyclers of Lagos, Nigeria have won the 2018-2019 King Baudouin African Development Prize.

By 2100 Africa will account for 5 out of 10 biggest cities in the world, and Lagos could be the biggest city in the world. Today, Lagos residents generate 15,000 tons of waste per day, of which only 40% is collected by municipal government. WeCyclers’ model is designed to help fill this gap and reduce solid waste in the street of Lagos, improving both the environment and the well being of populations.

The organization utilizes low and high technology solutions that comprise of a mobile application and SMS technology, as well as innovative low-cost bicycle-powered collection vehicles, which collect recyclable waste directly from households, to sell it on to recycling plants before it is made into new products. Households are sent an SMS by WeCyclers informing them of any “points” earned, which may be redeemed for food, household items and other goods.

The King Baudouin Foundation African Development Prize will allow the WeCyclers to develop further their business and increase their impact at national and international level. Their visit to UC Berkeley is part of this journey.

After their presentation, there will be a reception with light refreshments.

 asc@berkeley.edu, 510-642-8338