Making wealth from recycling

Sometimes she gets truckloads of plastics from collectors. The next step is to get them sorted, packaged and ready to go into the marketplace. This is because there are many companies looking for them. For her, local landfill waste collection is only the beginning of a recycling cycle.

With the expanse of work, she has done in the field, she is a national expert.

While she recycles her waste into plastic products, some of her colleagues are partnering state and local governments, to set up intermediate processing centres or materials recovery facilities. The major cost, they incur include paying the companies and individuals involved in collecting, transporting, and processing recyclable commodities.

According to her, the demand for recycled products requires that the products be cost competitive and of high quality. Buyers, she said, demand that the waste be available in large enough quantities for economies of scale.

A lot of Nigerians have jumped on the green bandwagon. Another is the Founder WeCyclers, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola. The Chief Executive Officer Wecyclers, is known as the recycling queen. Before Wecyclers, she was a software engineer working for a Fortune 500 company in the United States.

After five years, she quit her job and applied for an MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. While working on a project to help households in developing countries, she decided to work on waste – focusing on its uses, collection and processing.