Nigeria is one of the largest consumers of plastics in Africa, accounting for 17% of consumption on the continent and is expected to exceed 40 million tonnes by 2030. Less than 10% waste generated in Nigeria is recycled with the majority ending up burned or in uncontrolled dumpsites. Though elusive, available data indicate most waste is generated by households, followed by local industries, artisans, and traders which litter the immediate surroundings and lead to environmental degradation, poor health and following rainfall, run-off into drains and watercourses. Improper collection and disposal of municipal waste is leading to an environmental catastrophe as the country currently lacks adequate investment or the implementation of an integrated waste management program. Working with FBRA, GIVO is focused on the primary consumer packaging plastic in household waste – Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polypropylene, High Density Polyethylene and Polystyrene – packaging with the highest value, and associated with FBRA PRO scheme.
GIVO (Garbage In Value Out) is a circular economy company that offers an end-to-end recycling solution using IoT-enabled devices to collect recyclable material directly from individuals, families, and businesses and process these materials into consumer and industrial goods. We also partner with mobile money service providers like Paga to improve the overall economic welfare of the waste generators (those who participate in our collection exercises) and drive financial inclusion through incentives, cashless transactions, and credit history.
GIVO started in response to the covid-19 pandemic and began making international standard PPE from recycled materials, but we have grown beyond making PPEs and have begun producing other sustainable and aesthetically pleasing products from the recycled materials collected during our recycling activities. Some of these products include Flower vases, Children’s Toys, and Christmas Ornaments. In the near future, we hope to increase the number of products we can produce.