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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!