Ecobarter in its bid to mainstream a culture of responsible consumption and zero-waste living in Nigeria is launching two schemes to get thousands more recycling in Abuja.
1. A Sensitization Campaign – Let’s Get Recycling.
Every month, Ecobarter will be working with various partners, sponsors, organizations and volunteers to conduct a 1-day walk in different communities. The goal is educate local community members on the adverse effects of indiscriminate waste disposal, a prominent waste management practice as well as encourage them to adopt a sustainable culture of recycling.
Let’s Get Recycling Campaign will first be taken to communities that have at least 1 Ecobarter Independent Hub. This is so that new users are easily connected to a recycling collection system.
2. Community Pop-Up Recycling Collection
At one of our team meetings with the independent hub managers, we figured that more people who genuinely want to recycle are unable to do so because of the lack of access to a recycling collection system; Recycling drop-off centers are either too far or recycling pickup services not being reliable. So we sought to address this in a way that is sustainable and efficient- Community Pop-Up Recycling Collection.
Users are to signup for the ecobarter recycling pickup here, the recovery team will routinely check out the registration portal and organize a pop-up recycling collection service in communities with the most request bi-weekly. Users will get a notification by text for which community will be visited on Thursdays. Encourage more friends in your community to signup for the Community Pop-up for a better chance of getting your recyclables pickup soon. Check here for What we Collect
Why Should You Care?
On average, each person generates about 0.5kg of solid wastes per day, a household of 4 generates about 2kg per day. While these figures seem negligible, by the end of 3months, each household will have generated about 200kg of solid wastes- A size enough to fill an SUV car.
In Nigeria, indiscriminate disposal is the most prominent means of handling wastes. Even when adequately evacuated from your houses, about 90% of the wastes generated are burnt on open dumps as we have no landfill. Indiscriminate disposal and the eventual burning lead to land, air, and water (surface and ground) pollution and causes a number of diseases. In communities where indiscriminate waste management is common, property costs are lower and economic activities are often neglected. Adding to these reasons, because between 30-50% of our everyday wastes are easily recyclable, an act that would ordinarily create 6times more jobs and revenue for the economy, the World Bank estimates that our current practice is costing us about 1.5% of our GDP.
In summary, you should care about recycling because indiscriminate waste disposal affects the only livable planet that we have, affects public health and also wealth. While on the other hand recycling provides employment opportunities, boosts local production, helps keep the environment cleaner and green and generates revenue for the country.
LET’S GET RECYCLING NOW!