How The Yo-Waste Mobile App is Transforming The Waste Management Industry In Kampala


Many of you maybe wondering how the yo-waste mobile app is transforming the waste management industry and improving the efficiency of waste collection services in Kampala, all this while promoting environmental sustainability and trying to eliminate waste.


Context


Waste Management can be defined as the collection, transportation, recovering, and disposal of waste along with the supervision of such operations and after-care of the disposal sites.


Waste collection is the premier phase of waste management involving the collection and transferring or transporting of waste from a collection site to a disposal facility.


Usually during waste collection, the waste is usually put in the allocated bag or bin on the collection day, the waste collectors move from house to house collecting the waste bins and emptying them into their waste collection truck.


Waste collection problems


The traditional waste collection system has been sufficient in the past, but with the continuous urbanization and many people needing the waste collection services, this method has lost its efficiency and become rather tedious to manage.


Waste collectors picking trash
Credit: Google


Some of the areas where problems have been encountered here in Uganda include billing issues, route scheduling, and uncollected waste (possibly because the waste was not ready at the collection time or probably because it was unpicked by the waste workers).


Yo-Waste


We know when it comes to waste collection and management, two things really matter to customers (homes in this case). Having a reliable and affordable waste collector who picks their trash in time and without delays or missed collections is very important and that’s what the yo-waste app exactly does.


Yo-Waste customer mobile app


We have a pool of over 20+ waste haulers/trucks from 7+ waste management companies in Uganda who are assigned to specific locations, such that wherever you’re they can service you and without fail/delay.


The idea is to pool tens & hundreds of homes who need waste collection services, organize them together, assign them all to a particular day, let’s say on Tuesday according to their location, such that when the truck comes it can effectively offload you the garbage burden but as well save the waste collectors on fuel expenses and time.


Yo-Waste dashboard visualization


If we could do this for all the 400k + homes in Kampala in the next 3–5 years, we could address the biggest challenge involved in waste collection for our cities even across Africa.


Recycling


Yo-Waste is partnering with a number of recyclers in Uganda to ensure waste pickers not only just pick and dump trash but rather add value to waste which is recyclable.


The idea is if we could have sufficient data on what waste is generated where and when can’t we have specific trucks deployed to collect specific types of waste which could be recycled by our partner recycling businesses.


Partners


Yo-Waste doesn’t own trucks, sorting facilities or any physical asset. We ride on partnerships with waste collection companies in our network, recycling businesses, municipal councils, researchers, development partners to do what we do.


COVID-19 Era


During this period of COVID-19, sanitation workers especially waste collectors are at a great risk of being infected by COVID-19. The waste collection industry employees majority of informal workers especially those who move on trucks loading waste.


Yo-Waste measures to address some of the issues which could affect waste workers have been as follows


  1. Enforce cashless payments for customers paying waste pickers to avoid contact through money.
  2. Add Waste collection companies on mobile app to allow them operate digitally.


Waste Data as tool to transform waste management


Yo-Waste collects specific data on waste with an end goal of helping its customers divert waste, helping them understand their contribution to the environment in terms of carbon emissions generated and the percentage drop of this through waste diverting.


This data can also be helpful to urban planners & recycling firms to increase the recycling rate of the communities we operate.


Conclusion


We believe yo-waste is a collective effort of the waste management companies we work with and other partners, and together we can transform and improve waste management even across Africa.


Do you want to get involved with us, reach out to our head of sustainability & operations via [email protected]


This article has be compiled and written by Martin Tumusiime. He is the Team Lead at yo-waste and head of partnerships & fundraising, reach-out to him via [email protected]



If you’re looking for a reliable waste management company in kampala to help you handle your trash, here’s our list of some of the best available waste management companies in Kampala/Uganda.


We recommend you try out the yo-waste mobile app. Yo-Waste mobile app is a location based mobile application that connects households & businesses to the nearest local waste collectors in their communities and is reliable, affordable & convenient. Look at it like an uber for garbage collection services in kampala.


The Yo-Waste customer mobile app allows individual households & small businesses to manage waste collection services from a handy smartphone. Request for on-demand services, regular collections, extra pickups,rate collections, view invoices of all previous collections all in one place. 


Here’s our list of waste management companies in kampala


1. Asante Waste Management Kampala


Operating in areas of Bugolobi, Luzira, Munyonyo, Entebbe and many others, you can use Asante to help you manage your domestic waste, medical or hazardous waste in Kampala.


2. Globe clean Waste Management


Globe clean waste management collects domestic waste in areas of Ntinda, Naguru & Kisaasi. The company will help you keep clean at all times with their superb quality services.


3. De-Waste Waste Management


De-Waste Waste management specializes in hazardous waste around Kampala, Entebbe & Mukono. The company also provides domestic waste collection services in areas of Luzira, Bugolobi and others.


4. KAD Agency


KAD Agency Waste Management will help you dispose of your waste while providing the best quality service to your home or business. The waste management company operates in kawempe division.


5. Homeklin


Homeklin Waste Management company collects household waste home to home from people living in the Makindye division. The company will help collect your trash around Makindye in time.


6. Deers Mart (Abakaasasiro)


The Waste Management company operates in areas of Kikaya, Ntinda and kisaasi & collects households refuse home to home. The company has a 5 star rating from customers using it on the yo-waste app.


7. Bin it Services Uganda


BinIT Waste Management company operates in Kampala and collects both domestic refuse and hazardous waste. The company provides an excellent waste management service in kampala and will help you get rid of rubbish from wherever you’re.


8. Nabugabo updeal ventures


The waste management company is very popular in areas of Kampala city metropolitan (city center) and as well areas of Rubaga division. Nabugabo updeal ventures collects household refuse from homes and businesses within the central business area of Kampala city.


9. Kampala solid waste consortium


The consortium has other tens of waste management companies operating under its name and these companies operate in Nakawa and Kawempe. Such companies include Bins Abakasasiro, union of private waste collectors and many others.


10. Hilltop Waste Management


Hilltop waste management company operates in areas of Kawempe division. The company collects household & business refuse from the areas it operates in kampala.


Check your Yo-Waste mobile app for the availability of any of those companies in your location. Or You can check locations we operate to see if yo-waste is in your community.



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.