Yo-Waste response to the Global Coronavirus outbreak


Kampala, Thursday 19 March 2020 –  As our nation prepares to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic outbreak, we expect a negative impact on both our economy and business as usual in Uganda. As Yo-Waste, we pride ourselves in providing reliable & affordable waste collection services to homes and businesses throughout Kampala with our mobile app.


The current guidelines set aside by the president of the Republic of Uganda on Wednesday 18th March 2020 5 pm have affected us in one or two ways.


Yo-Waste business premises are located at Makerere University, College of Computing Block B level 5, following the announcement, the president directed the immediate closure of the university premises which may affect access to our business premises soon.


As such Yo-Waste has set aside a few measures to continue servicing our growing customers in Kampala throughout this hard period. Yo-Waste has a full time working force of 6 staff who see every day to day operations of the business, as such we have made important hard decisions to protect the wellbeing of our staff while still servicing our customers.


As you all know, waste collection is a service that can never be postponed for tomorrow. Keeping trash uncollected leads to deterioration of our sanitation as a community which may result in other dangerous disease outbreaks like cholera.


With immediate effect today, as we comply with the government, set guidelines, we have decided on the following:-


1. Remote Work Schedules: We have asked all our staff to continue working remotely to provide high-quality customer services with our remote working schedules.


2. Coronavirus Safety Tips: We shall also be sharing tips from WHO on coronavirus on our social media profiles to ensure the wellbeing of our customers & all other fellows Ugandans.


3. Access to sanitizer products: We shall also be adding sanitizer products to our e-store to increase access to sanitation services for all people in areas we serve.


4. External party dependencies: We will continue to work with our waste collection partners to understand any potential impact on their services, as we work on a backup plan in case of unavoidable disruptions.


Note: Yo-Waste will continue to provide waste collection services to all it’s customers through their mobile app even though their staff will be working remotely during this 30 day period lockdown at their premises.


Remember to keep safe and alive because every life matters. Wash your hands regularly and avoid being in places with more than 10 people. Together we can fight the spread of this virus.


You can also keep up with statistics on COVID-19 here


About Yo-Waste


Yo-Waste is a technology-based Waste management startup that offers waste & Recycling solutions for homes, businesses & government with a mission to eliminate waste.


Yo-Waste customer mobile app allows households and businesses to request for waste collection services and we match them to professional, reliable, vetted & well-trained waste collectors nearest to their communities.


Since 2019, Yo-Waste has been working with waste collectors, homes & businesses to improve waste collection services while creating sustainable models for diverting waste in the communities we operate.


For more information about what we do, visit https://yowasteapp.com or our social media profiles Twitter @yo_waste or Facebook yowaste.



In 2019, more and more retail businesses have taken it upon themselves to do their bit for the environment by implementing zero-waste policies.



In particular, the zero-waste movement has experienced a surge within the retail sector. Specialist zero-waste and packaging-free grocery stores are popping up across the world, and numerous major retailers have now made zero-waste a cornerstone of their environmental policies. 


What Does “Going Zero-Waste” Mean? 


Zero-waste stores are designed to uphold the principles of the zero-waste movement. This boils down to eliminating as much waste as possible by either reducing the amount produced or by changing how waste is managed. In doing this, you prevent waste from ending up in environmentally-devastating landfills, incinerators or the ocean. 


How Do Zero-Waste Stores Work?


Some typical characteristics of zero-waste grocery stores include: 


– The store is packaging-free so customers must bring their own containers. 

– Customers fill containers with their desired quantity from bulk-style bins and dispensers.

– All products are sourced locally and are produced in an environmentally friendly way. 


The Business Benefits of Going Green


Studies indicate that there are many business benefits associated with going zero-waste. Firstly, it will add promotional value to your store and could be an effective way to market to new, environmentally-conscious customers. Additionally, it could boost retention rates as research shows that customers are more likely to remain loyal to brands that support sustainable and ethical policies. Finally, it could increase your average transaction amounts as many consumers are happy to pay extra for products that are kinder to the planet. 


Discover More About the Zero-Waste Retail Revolution


To learn more, check out this infographic which comes courtesy of the team at The Cleaning Services Group. This guide offers a handy explainer of how “zero-waste” stores promote a more sustainable approach to grocery shopping. It also outlines why going green makes great business sense and lays out some handy advice to help retailers get started on their own zero-waste journey.


Scroll down to the infographic below to discover more


Have you recently moved to Kisaasi, Ntinda, Naguru or Bukoto or perhaps lived in this part of Kampala and you are still finding it hard to get a waste collection service provider for your home? Finding a reliable waste collection service provider in these parts of Kampala can sometimes seem to be a pain in the ass, but lucky for you, yo-waste is the solution.


Yo-waste is a location-based mobile application that allows households and businesses in Kampala to request and schedule for waste collection services conveniently using their smartphone and we shall connect you to a reliable and affordable waste collection service provider in your community.


Yo-Waste has a network of licensed waste collection companies on their mobile app that we recommend to you to get started with your monthly or on-demand pickups. Yo-Waste works like your uber or safeboda but this time for waste.


Here are some services you’ll find on the yo-waste mobile app.


Subscriptions


Subscribe to a package to one of our professional waste collection companies. Usually, packages are once a week for a month, twice a week for a month, thrice a week for a month and many others.


Extra pickups


Request for an extra trash pickup anytime through your yo-waste mobile app.


On Demand pickups


Request for on-demand pickups on any given day and be serviced within 24 hours. 


Special collections


Had a party overnight, or have trash that requires bulky collection, request a special collection through yo-waste mobile app.


How to get started.


Download the yo-waste mobile app below.



Most homes and businesses in urban areas of Kampala rely solely on waste collection service providers to get rid of their trash in time.


However, getting a reliable and affordable waste collection service provider is a terrible experience for many households and businesses in Kampala.


And because of this, delays or missed collections result in improper managing of this uncollected waste, which leads to sometimes the waste ending up to water channels, streets, and other illegal dumping sites.


This article will provide you with a better sustainable alternative of getting rid of rubbish while living in areas around Kampala.


Using the yo-waste mobile app, you can request for a waste collection service and we shall connect you to a licensed waste collection service provider closest to your community and in real-time.


This waste collector is a vetted professional service provider who will call you within 24 hours to confirm service and plan out the service for your home.


At yo-waste, we have built a network of waste collection service providers that are well vetted, trained and professional enough to handle your waste collection needs.


With this mobile app, you can as well schedule for extra pickups, OnDemand collections and special collections for those who need a bulky collection like after-party trash or yard/compound garden waste which can’t fit in bags.


Yo-waste mobile app enables you to toggle between your waste collection services and payment information and has features that will help you


1. Gain access to well-vetted professional and licensed waste collectors closest to your home.


2. Save money on waste collection and get access to reliable and affordable waste collectors


Once you get started, you can top up your yo-waste wallet at any time, view your transaction history and your current service requests, you can even request extra collection pickup periods.


The Yo-waste app will also be your direct line to the Yo-waste dedicated support team for any inquiries in case of missed pickups or any app errors.


The waste collection company will be allowed to do an assessment within 24 hours to help you with your request from when it was placed and ensure you have the best waste collection service experience of your lifetime.


At yo-waste, we’re committed to providing quality reliable and affordable waste collection services to our customers.


To get started, download the yo-waste mobile app on play store or call sales at 0394 894 278