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Ways Your Business can Benefit from Recycling

We recently joined our joined our friends, Sterling Bank to share knowledge and mark 1 year as our corporate recycling subscriber. Through our  corporate recycling programme, we have learnt lessons on why businesses should take waste management seriously and the inherent benefits, see some of these here:

Waste management could have a bigger impact on your business than you think…

Do you know what happens to your business’ waste once it’s been collected? Not many people do. In fact, not many people are interested in what really does happen to their waste.

It’s this way of thinking that can result in your business having a negative impact the environment. But that’s not all – it can also mean that you’re not getting good value for money with your waste management services.

Additionally, under the Waste Regulations, businesses that produce waste legally have a duty of care for its safe disposal. Therefore, whilst you might be content with simply knowing that your waste is gone, it could be more beneficial for your business to know exactly where your waste is going and that you have the appropriate documentation to prove this.

Recycling is one of the most recognised ways of making your business greener. For even more encouragement, we’ve put together this nifty list of just 5 of the key benefits that recycling can have for your business.

1)  Minimise your environmental impact

First of all: are you confident that your waste isn’t going to landfill? Whilst landfill disposal may seem like the easy option, it in no way supports our environment.

Ultimately, landfill disposal offers no beneficial end-game for waste materials such as other disposal methods like recycling. When you recycle your waste materials, this gives them the opportunity to be used as a resource to create new products for the market. This means your business is helping to contribute towards a circular economy, by extracting the most value from your materials.

Additionally: landfill sites produce landfill gases, of which two major components are CO2 and methane. Both of these gases have an influence on climate change. By encouraging that as much of your waste is diverted from landfill in favour of greener routes, this helps to improve the impact that your business has on the environment.

2) Save your business money

Is your business spending too much money on waste management? As landfill tax continues to rise, recycling your waste remains to be a much more cost-effective solution for your business.

Recycling encourages as much of your waste as possible to be diverted from landfill. This helps to cut down on disposal costs by reducing the burden of rising landfill tax, helping to save your business more money.

3)  Improve your business’ reputation

When you put in the effort to recycle your waste (which, really, doesn’t require that much effort at all), you showcase to your customers that you care about your social and environmental impact. Go you. In return, this can earn you more respect from your customers and encourage them to use your business more.

What this means: potentially, letting our customers see you as an environmentally responsible business could help to boost your reputation and your sales.

For this to happen, you should encourage others in your workplace to support your mission too. Additionally, you should make sure that you a receiving a sustainable solution from your waste services provider so that you can be confident your business is doing the best it can be to support the environment and improve its reputation.

4)  Get a competitive edge over your competitors

Recycling is a sustainable solution for your business waste and it can lead to a positive impact on your brand value. Promoting your business as being sustainable and environmentally conscious can help give you a competitive edge over your competitors.

Bonus: Having that environmental aspect to your brand could potentially increase the desirability of your product or service to customers who care about their own environmental impact.

As environmental responsibility becomes increasingly important to a business’ brand value, it is essential that you actively work to improve your environmental impact. Encouraging recycling and landfill diversion is a huge step in the right direction.

 

5)  Overall peace of mind

We’re already established the key benefits that recycling your waste offers your business and how simply improving the way your business treats waste can give you the opportunity to see more benefits for your business.

Another tip is to make sure that you can rely on your waste service provider for a sustainable and cost-effective solution. Having a provider that you can trust will give you peace of mind that your waste is being managed both effectively and ecologically.

Knowing that your waste is being recycled and recovered by specialists means that you can focus on what really matters – running your business.

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WECYCLERS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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WECYCLERS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OLAWALE ADEBIYI TAKES OVER AS CEO AS BILIKISS ADEBIYI-ABIOLA IS APPOINTED TO HEAD LASPARK

 

LAGOS, Nigeria21 September 2017 – Nigeria’s pioneering waste recycling enterprise, Wecyclers Nigeria Limited has named Olawale Adebiyi as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Adebiyi will succeed Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, who has been appointed as the General Manager of  the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency(LASPARK). Mr Adebiyi, who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Wecyclers, will commence his position beginning September 2017.

Olawale Adebiyi, has 9 years of industrial experience at a US Fortune 200 company and is experienced in construction and commissioning of multimillion-dollar production facilities. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University, Kelly School of Business, and an M.S and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Commenting on the new appointment, Outgoing CEO and General Manager LASPARK, Mrs. Bilikiss-Adebiyi-Abiola, said:

“Wale has made a considerable contribution towards the growth of Wecyclers. He has a record of outstanding leadership and the ability to innovate and execute. He demonstrated this in his role as COO by helping to structure Wecyclers to a point where our managers are more empowered, our staff is much better equipped, and the company is running quite smoothly It’s now time for us to scale up.

Wecyclers has a very special mission in Nigeria – to empower Africa to be the recycling leader in the World, and for the past year, Wale has worked on the day-to-day operations in a bid to place us in line with our mission. I am very certain that Wale will help us deliver on these big dreams.”

Commenting on his new role, Mr Adebiyi expressed his commitment to helping Wecyclers reach its strategic objectives. He stated that he will continue to work and live by the company’s vision, while honouring the company’s commitment to creating jobs, community empowerment, and improving the quality of life of all Nigerians through recycling.

 

About Wecyclers

Wecyclers is a for-profit social enterprise that promotes environmental sustainability, socioeconomic development, and community health by providing convenient recycling services in densely populated urban neighborhoods using a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes. We give households a chance to generate value from their waste and provide a reliable supply of raw material to the local recycling industry. www.wecyclers.com @realwecyclers

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Taking recycling further, Wecyclers sets up new hub and introduces its model to Agunlejika

Just a few years ago, the idea of getting rewarded for your waste seemed impossible in Nigeria, on the contrary people paid to dispose waste, but since 2012 when Wecyclers launched in Nigeria as pioneers in the formal recycling sector, the trend of recycling has grown tremendously. However there still remains a lot more to be done in taking the message and enlightenment on the benefits of recycling to more households across Nigeria.

Over the past couple of months Wecyclers through it’s #LagosIsRecycling campaign and awareness driven by passionate volunteers has taken recycling to new communities where it recently set up new hubs/operational base in response to the growing concerns of increase in waste. Communities around Agunlejika, Lagos on May 18 played host to the Wecyclers team, partners and volunteers with 305 household signing up for recycling and over 50 recycling.

Lagos, Nigeria with a population of nearly 20 million people produces about 13,000 metric tons of waste bulk of which is left uncollected including recyclable waste. Seeking to address the challenge of awareness and enlightenment, Wecyclers through it’s volunteer network set up the #LagosIsRecycling campaign to actively drive the Wecyclers model and work to reduce the waste crisis in Lagos, create community and concerted efforts to improve sanitation in line with the Sustainable development Goals.

See pictures from the Agunlejika outreach.

 

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A Volunteer’s Experience at Mushin Street Conference

by Omoukpon Unuigbe

On April 27, Wecyclers joined Susty Vibes as the team celebrated their One Year Anniversary with an outreach program in their #StareDownOnPollution campaign.

One of the members of the Wecyclers Volunteer Initiative, shares her experience below:

“My name is Omo and I was at the Susty Vibes Mushin Street Conference in partnership with Wecyclers.”

“I heard about this event through Wecyclers and I signed up immediately. Our simple task was to encourage people to stare down on pollution and then introducing Wecyclers as a solution to this pollution. It was a fun experience for me even with the sun scorching my forehead and the salt of my sweat on my brow.”

“I got to speak with sellers who were eager to do away with their waste and get something in return. The first person I approached unknown to me couldn’t converse well in English and I was just going on and on using all the big grammars known to man… Until the person just gave an indifferent nod after all the English I spoke. I immediately started again this time turning on my Warri Pidgin and I did a great job because the person signed up immediately and was so elated about the idea.”

“By and by, I had to drop my English for Yoruba and Pidgin in order to pass across the message. I later learned that it’s easier for people to discard their waste on the roadside and walk away, but when they realize they are actually throwing away money and other gifts they have a greater tendency to keep it and give it to Wecyclers! That’s the approach I used.”

I would to say we got good feedback and the locals of Mushin have gotten the message #StareDownOnPollution!