Wecyclers

Country  Nigeria
   
Beneficiaries              Low-income households, women and youth 
   
Project Description  Wecyclers works in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and collects recyclable waste, including plastic bottles, plastic bags, aluminum cans at the household level using low-cost bicycle powered collection vehicles called “wecycles” and motorized tricycles. The wecycles are designed and manufactured locally and are operated by youth from local communities. The wecycle operators cover specific neighborhood collection routes to collect material from households. At collection, operators weigh each household’s materials. The weight of material that each household recycled is entered into our SMS points platform to automatically generate a personalized SMS. Wecyclers rewards households with redeemable points based on the volume and quality of recyclables received. Once the wecycles collect material from their routes they return to Wecyclers’ central processing hub. At the hub, Wecyclers aggregates materials from across all the wecycles to further process by baling, shredding and re-bagging and then sell to recyclers. As households accumulate points over time, they can redeem their points for specific rewards depending on their level of participation. These rewards include basic household items, electronics, cash and sponsored prizes making the benefits of recycling tangible. http://www.wecyclers.com/ 
   
Legal Scope Sidley is providing assistance with reviewing partnership contracts (with multinational fast moving consumer goods companies); drafting commercial contracts and other legal documents and supporting Wecyclers with legal advice during funding rounds.