The GIVO-Warwick Project

Background Information

The GIVO-Warwick Project is a partnership between the University of Warwick and GIVO Africa (Garbage In Value Out), a circular economy company based in Nigeria that leverages the use of technology to collect, process and upcycle plastic waste into valuable goods. The project focuses on digitally tracking and monitoring waste collection centres to enable data-driven solutions to plastic waste management ,and optimising the plastic management supply chain.

Digitally-enabled GIVO Collection Centres in Abuja and Lagos act as community hubs operated by youth and women for the interception and aggregation of plastic waste from households and the environment. This plastic waste is collected and processed to produce certified consumer and industrial goods, such as shredded plastic flakes, eco-panels and face shields. Using the GIVO Technology Platform, the Centres are able to identify, track, and report on the plastics that enter and flow through the systems. The platform uses the data to provide easily understandable information about plastic types and volumes that are being processed as well as greenhouse gas emissions and compliance to norms and standards for recycling, thereby enabling transparency to foster decision-making processes and financing within the plastic waste value chain.

The GIVO model concept and design are expected to yield broader impacts across the value chain and supply chain, some of which may be measurable; for others, the effect will be extrapolated. GIVO provides incentives and formalised employment for waste pickers who are currently underpaid and exploited by an informal waste management system as well as several other formal jobs for skilled personnel. These are critical sources of livelihoods in an area where communities face increasing energy and food insecurity. Therefore, the IT system becomes a critical legacy product of the SMEP project with a broad range of value propositions, including supporting regulators and policymakers with their strategic response to the waste management and recycling challenge.

Updates

Despite numerous operational challenges, the project is progressing well and is on track.

Between January and April 2024, over 11 tonnes of recyclable material was collected at the GIVO Centres, of which 6.8 tonnes were processed and sold. This has contributed towards supporting community livelihoods through the permanent employment of 22 staff members (mostly women) and through providing monetary incentives to 108 people.

Major traction was gained towards piloting the clustering of GIVO Centres in Lagos. The Lagos State Government gave the project team approval to commence operations at a location in Ajah, Lagos State. This will contribute towards the sustainable scaling of the project’s decentralised nature of plastic waste management.

The project has also made major strides in its research and development processes. The team have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to plastic waste and have also submitted funding applications for further research, including for a grant to fund an additional 60 post-doctoral research positions over the next five years. The project team also participated in several international circular economy workshops and stakeholder engagement opportunities with national government to showcase the project and its potential as well as to present policy approaches to support the implementation of Nigeria’s new Extended Producer Responsibility regulations.

Connect with The GIVO-Warwick Project

Websites

Timeframe

Jan 2022 – March 2026

Status

Active

Countries of Implementation

Consortium Partners

Showcase Resources

The GIVO-Warwick Project: Profile Sheet

Journal Article: Making policy work for Africa’s circular plastics economy

Book Chapter: Chapter 13: Enhancing Decentralised Recycling Solutions with Digital Technologies (published in the ‘Digital Innovation for a Circular Plastic Economy in Africa’)

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