U-recycle Initiative Nigeria is a social enterprise led by passionate youths who invest our time and resources into educating schools and communities about the value of recycling by creating programs and proffering deep-rooted solutions to make the recycling of waste more efficient and pervasive across schools and communities in Africa. We are focused on promoting a circular economy through reinforcing a sustainable recycling culture. We advocate for sustainable and effective policies, facilities and systems to eliminate the huge disastrous impact of plastic waste on the environment.
Our organization is focused on addressing the issue of plastic pollution. Plastic waste is killing thousands of marine wildlife, polluting the world’s ocean, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, posing risk to human health and clogging drainages resulting to flooding. For over a year, U-recycle has vastly researched and our findings have motivated us to proffer deep-rooted, innovative and systematic solutions towards combating the problem of plastic pollution, which is eating deep into the health of our planet.
Our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus is on: SDG12- Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13- Climate Action, SDG 14- Life Under Water, SDG 15- Life on Land and SDG 6- Clean water and sanitation.
With the support of individuals, companies and organizations we have been able to engage, educate and mobilize people to act for the environment in past years.
In 2019, we were able to organize sustainability workshops in two schools and reach
over 405 students. We are glad to see the feedback we have gotten from this schools as some of the students have pioneered initiatives and mini-projects in their schools to engage their peers in activities that promote environmental consciousness. In 2020, we hope to reach out to morestudents in various schools and raise more young champions.
Through the provision of our ingeniously-designed recycling bins we can aid the systematic collection of plastic bottles (recyclables) at schools. Overtime, we plan to reward the schools that efficiently recycle by using the revenue generated from the sales of the recyclables to upgrade the school facilities e.g. painting old buildings, new whiteboards, etc. Revenue generated from the recyclables would also be used to scale up our projects.
The U-hub is a monumental building constructed using the Plastic bottle-brick technology. This hub would serve as an environmental resource center in schools. The U-hub would provide students a milieu where they can learn and research about the environment; climate change, planet, marine wildlife oceans, plastic etc. and collaborate to discover solutions.
There is an existing need for students to be enlightened about working towards preserving our planet because they are the decision-makers and leaders of tomorrow. It is our belief that by creating U-hubs we can expand the minds of student beyond the four walls of a classroom; aid them to become more cognizant about SDG 13- Climate Action and SDG 14- Life Under Water, and inspire them to discover HOW they can initiate practical solutions to resolve these problem by thinking global and acting local.
In 2019 we were able to mobilize and engage over 365 people through advocacy events like Global Recycling Day and World Cleanup Day. In 2020, we plan to redefine our approach and reach out to thousands of people. By organizing environmental awareness events like this, we use exceptional and entertaining methods to engage and educate youths on ways they can work towards protecting the future of our planet through their actions.
With a volunteer base across Nigeria, we plan to engage our volunteers to clean up litter sites across states. This would be carried out by our volunteer groups from time to time throughout the year.
In 2019 we had a beach cleanup at Akodo, a beach community where opendefecation
has become a terrible norm. On World Toilet Day, November 19th, this year, we reflected
on how essential toilets are to our lives and we plan to build a toilet using the Plastic-bottle brick technology at this community before the next World Toilet Day 2020 and promote a legislation in the community to ban open defecation.