3 Things you didn’t know about Recycling in Nigeria

10 Reasons to Recycle if you are living in Nigeria

Recycling in Nigeria is fast rising. You’ve certainly heard the phrase “recycle, reduce, reuse” since you were a kid. Everyone understands the need for recycling and how wonderful it is for the environment, yet there are barriers to properly disposing of waste, and what happens afterward is baffling.


If you peer into the gutters of any big Nigerian city, a filthy sight awaits you: floating cans, nylon water sachets, bottles, and other waste items washed into the gutters by rain has accumulated and clogged the drainages.
We are frequently asked whether a particular item is recyclable. What it comes down to is who picks up your trash (i.e., your hauler or your city) and what technologies their associated processing facilities have to treat or recycle waste efficiently. Your options for recycling drop-off, including electronics, batteries, and plastic bags, are also determined by what is available where you reside.


“Wastepreneurs” in Nigeria are responding to this by removing wastes right from the dumps, renewing, and reinventing it’s purpose. These creatives work with a variety of materials, including water sachets, scrap metal, bottles, plastic, tyres, and more, with many of them learning on the job on how to manipulate these items in order to create “beauty from ashes.”

So here are 3 things you didn’t know about recycling in Nigeria.

The Government is actively involved in Recycling

The Nigerian Government is interested in ensuring her citizens live sustainably. The Lagos State Government is allowing people who actively participate in recycling pay less for their general waste collection. In fact, they are giving recycling bags to households who indicate an interest in being a part of this global revolution inorder to Foster recycling in Nigeria.

The Recycling business is Lucrative

It’s preferable to avoid generating waste, which is connected to what we buy and consume (reduce). Even if an object may be recycled, it is still preferable to utilize it for as long as possible before discarding it. There are companies in Nigeria making new products from your recycled wastes. Paper mill in Jebba makes kraft paper from your paper wastes and companies like Starrich, Alkem are making pillow stuffing (fibre) from PET plastic bottles.

In fact, there are local folks making aluminum pots from cans. If a recyclable item can’t be reused or is no longer usable, it should be recycled. Recycling uses less energy and other resources than virgin materials (for example, making a can from recycled material uses 95 percent less energy), but it still uses energy and other resources.

You can schedule a pick-up from the comfort of your home

Purchasing products created from recycled materials helps to keep the recycling industry afloat (aka supply and demand). Check the websites of your waste hauler, city, or other body that handles waste in your area to find out what recyclable goods are available in your area. There are apps that connect you will 100s of recyclers to choose from and allow you to request for pick up right from your home.

If you live in Abuja, Nigeria’s FCT, visit ecobarter.com.ng, where we’re working together to assist people sort waste and learn about sustainable options, which makes recycling in Nigeria easily accessible.

Nigeria generates a lot of wastes as a growing country with a population of approximately 200 million people. According to the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), the country generates over 65 million metric tons of waste per year. This has frequently resulted in a waste management dilemma, particularly in most urban areas where municipal authorities struggle to dispose of trash efficiently.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that most Nigerians consider garbage to be entirely useless, some business-savvy entrepreneurs have realized the enormous potential in waste management and are working to harness it. So everyone is encouraged to be a part of this sustainable environmental consciousness in making recycling in Nigeria expand further, subscribe to recycle with us here.

Together, we can achieve a sustainable environment.

Drafted by Theodora Ekah

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