Statistics have shown that in Kampala alone, the per capita generation of garbage is 1kg of waste per day. With a total population of about 1.5 million people every day in Kampala, it’s estimated that we generate 1500 tonnes of solid waste daily and the city authority estimates the daily tonnage to increase to about 60 000 in the coming few years, KCCA can only manage to collect 40–50% of this because they lack enough garbage collection trucks.
Because of this, the city authority decided to contract private waste haulers that can help them maximize waste collection in the city. This was a good move in increasing the percentage of waste collected from people’s homes.
However, according to UBO statistics, there are over 418k homes in Kampala, in the urban areas of Kampala, a lot of people spend much of their time at workplaces and more time at home on weekends.
The challenge with the current garbage collection system to people who spend most of their time at work is they miss collections because they’re hardly available at their homes when these collectors pass by, or on the other hand when they’re home, the garbage collectors are never seen.
What is also true about the current garbage collection system in Kampala, at some point is a lot of homes are seen complaining of missed collection days yet trucks are seen passing by their homes daily.
A lot of garbage collection companies in Kampala are all competing to sign up businesses and buildings and are scared to sign up homes as their customers because the organization of this market is way still disorganized.
A garbage collection company can ably decide to send a truck to pick up trash from a business or building in Makindye than it would decide if it was one person, which is totally understandable. The private waste haulers are interested in quantities, send a truck to Kawempe and let it come back full.
The biggest problems of waste collection in Kampala are stemming from the lack of organization of homes and garbage collection companies. So how do we solve this, how do we ensure we have enough capacity to service the entire city with the fewer trucks we got, how do we monitor and rate services provided by these private waste haulers among other questions.
The whole idea of why we started working on Yo-Waste was to help address some of these problems. We believe technology can do better solving some of these problems the way it has been in other industries.
Organizing the market in several industries is crucial especially when the service being carried out hasn’t been that effective. At Yo-Waste, we want to transform the waste management industry to that point that people appreciate the work carried out by garbage collectors (AKA aba kasasiro) in our community.
In my next post, I’ll explain how we are building an efficient garbage collection system in Kampala and how we plan to have a garbage collection truck on every route everywhere in Kampala all this using our technology.
The writer is the Co-Founder of Yo-Waste. This post first appeared under his medium account.
Waste collection is one essential expenditure for businesses. We understand that you want to keep your workplace clean and free from waste.
Yo-waste allows businesses to manage all their waste expenses & collections in one place. With Yo-Waste you can schedule and request for garbage collection services, setup recurring payments and much more using your free Yo-Waste Connect App.
For a business to start using our service, you can email us at [email protected]. The Yo-waste team will then set out an appointment to come and inspect your business and do some waste analysis to see how we can help you save on waste collection costs and recycle some of your wastes.
After agreeing on a cost, which is usually 20% of the previous amount you where spending on waste collection, we shall sign a contract and begin using our service.
We’re excited to help you get started keeping your business sustainable while using our services.
We’re very privileged to have been shortlisted among the 100 startups to pitch for government funding under the National ICT Support Program.
Yo-Waste is a location based on demand garbage collection service app that seeks to disrupt the waste management industry across Africa.
Our innovation does more than just an effective garbage collection service system, we seek to make the waste management experience more effective than before through our 5 major objectives below.
1. To work with customers and recycling firms to divert wastes from landfills
2. To develop new & innovative technologies focussed on waste management & recycling in Africa
3. To disrupt the waste management industry in Africa
4. To connect haulers & recyclers with businesses & households to reduce unnecessary waste transportation costs and save both environmental & economic resources.
5. To help haulers & recyclers get more clients and earn extra income
It was indeed a great honor and exciting experience for our team to participate in the MTN App challenge.
Yo-waste was selected as 2nd runner app winner for the transport category because of our outstanding innovation in helping improve the garbage transportation sector in Uganda.
Yo-waste mission is to create sustainable communities that are waste free. We do this by building innovative waste management technology solutions.