The take-make-waste linear economy is heavily extractive, resource intensive and produces green house emissions that are causing the climate crisis. The rapid industrialisation of emerging economies and mass consumption in developed economies has also led to the damaging increase in green house emissions. This is set to increase in the future with the global population projected to increase to 10 billion by 2050 and as such will lead to an increase in the demands for industrial materials such as steel, cement, aluminium and plastic. This trend will double the consumption and production demand and subsquently have major implications for greenhouse emissions. Ellen MacAthur Foundation report, 2019.
Against this background, a Ugandan startup, Smart Intergrated Collection and Recycling (SICORE) through the Smart Recapture Initiative will address the challenge of climate change.
The Smart Recapture Initiative aims at recovering recyclable waste material that is usually destined for landfills or incineration causing damage to health and environment; turning this material into new low-carbon products and returning it into the economy. The initiative incentivizes consumers and waste generators in the community with valuable benefits from their recyclable waste in order to create behavioural change, encourage sustained loyalty towards recycling and commitment towards material recovery.
The Smart Recapture Initiative is built around innovative and environmentally friendly collection and recycling processes. Our flagship product, the Smart Pedal Bin, a locally fabricated bin that is attached to old refurbished bicycles is used to collect recyclable waste directly from waste generators and from sources of consumption in residential and business communities and delivers it to our collection and sorting centre. The bin has the ability to compress waste manually which creates more storage space with a capacity up to six times more than an ordinary bin its size. Its active mobility application of cycling helps reduce operational costs, consumption of fossil fuels and eliminates carbon emissions as well as related pollutions from the use trucks.
The material recovered is sorted and returned into the economy through new, affordable and durable low-carbon products. For instance our paving and building bricks are a combination of plastic waste and construction waste (concrete material from demolished buildings). The recovery of recyclable material and its converting into new products in a responsible and sustainable process reduces extraction of virgin material and cuts down the emissions and energy used in the production of new single use products