Wecyclers Outcomes Partnership

Collection and recycling of plastic waste in Nigeria, along with the creation of decent jobs.

  • Location

    Nigeria

  • Launch

    Mar 2023

  • Area

    Waste Management & Job Creation

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Unilever

Delivery Partners

  • Wecyclers

Team

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Unilever

Delivery Partners

  • Wecyclers

  • Mila founded and leads Bridges Outcomes Partnerships (BOP). At BOP, we work to radically improve human services and environmental initiatives to improve outcomes for people and value for society. Programmes BOP supports are dedicated to empowering people across the world to improve their lives, in areas ranging from education and wellbeing to housing, child protection, employment and environmental protection. Mila is on boards of Positive Families Partnership, Stronger Families, Forward, North East Lincolnshire Thrive, Ways to Wellness, Education Outcomes Partnerships, along with other family, employment, and refugee support focused programmes.

    Mila is also a Trustee for Clore Social Leadership, organisation dedicated to providing social leaders with world class leadership development.

    Prior to Bridges, Mila’s career spanned public, private, and third sector. Mila helped create and run Education Generation, a crowdsourcing social enterprise focused on enabling young leaders in low-and middle-income countries to participate in some of the world’s most forward-thinking education programmes.

  • Sophie’s role at BOP involves supporting the development and ongoing delivery of projects in the UK and high-income countries, like SPRING, as well as projects in lower- and middle-income countries, like Wecyclers.

    Prior to joining Bridges, Sophie worked for a global investor-incubator, backing entrepreneurs to create solutions-driven businesses, and earlier in real estate investment and asset management, leading on sustainability strategy.

    Sophie holds a BSc in International Hospitality Management, as well as an MBA from Warwick University and a certificate in SDG Investing from the Geneva Graduate Institute.

Overview

Nigeria recycles only 11% of its total waste. Supporting entrepreneurs to create plastic waste collection franchises contributes to tackling this challenge while creating decent jobs.

BOP has partnered with Wecyclers, a social enterprise in Nigeria focused on waste collection and recycling, to develop its franchise model for the collection and sorting of plastic waste in the country.

The programme is Bridges’ first outcomes partnership in Nigeria, its first with a corporate outcome funder Unilever, and its first outcomes partnership focused on both environmental and social outcomes.

Wecyclers’ franchise model supports sustainable employment in the waste management economy. Its framework involves training and supporting entrepreneurs to establish and run their own franchises, engage with local collectors, as well as employ balers and sorters. By providing them with the necessary equipment, Wecyclers can work in underserved communities and create and scale much-needed collection and recycling facilities, in order to reduce plastic pollution in the country.

Outcomes

Wecyclers Outcomes Partnership aims to collect over 30,000 tonnes of plastic waste during the next five years, while creating over 700 jobs in franchises and improving the incomes of thousands of waste sorters across Nigeria.

  • 30000

    Targeted number of tonnes of plastic waste collected

  • 700

    Targeted number of jobs created