The yo-waste idea was inspired by the personal experiences of one of the team Co-founder, Martin. Martin grew up from an upcountry home (in Hoima) before moving to live with his aunt in the city suburbs of Kampala where he witnessed the pain first hand that a lot of households & businesses in urban areas go through to manage their waste.
Inspired by the opportunity, In 2018, Martin Tumusiime teamed up with 4 other friends to venture into a technology-based waste management startup that could provide a solution to some of the biggest problems faced in the waste management industry of the continent. Martin Tumusiime, Gideon Mpungu, Lubowa Enock, Namuli Brenda & Rogers Kibuule have a background in computer science.
The concept was piloted in 2019 with support from the college of computing & Information sciences Makerere University in areas of Kisaasi, kampala and the scale up plan was initiated in 2020 to bring the idea to every waste generator in urban communities.
Yo-waste is a technology-based waste management startup in Uganda that helps communities and businesses to become more sustainable through its range of technologies such as cloud and mobile based innovative applications that connects different waste management players.
Yo-waste solutions such as the hauler app allows waste pickers who own a truck to sign up as partner garbage collectors and get access to a variety of our customers that need their services.
Started as research project from Makerere university kampala, Yo-waste is walking a journey to change one of the most traditional industries on the continent. The waste management industry for long has been associated with inefficiency, irregularities & poor customer service, this is about to change.
Yo-waste plans to disrupt the waste management industry across Africa.