This Nigerian Start-Up Is Letting People Exchange Their Trash For Cash

Waste management is easily the most pressing environmental challenge Nigeria faces.

With a population exceeding 180 million, Nigeria is one of the largest producers of solid waste in Africa, generating more than 32 million tons of solid waste annually – out of which only 20-30% is collected.

(Photo: Junks.ng)

Junks.ng is a waste management startup aiming to change this narrative (but we can't resist pointing out that there's nothing like 'junks'. The word they're looking for is junk; and junk.ng is a better name too, mostly because it's grammatically correct). 

Junks.ng gives people the opportunity to sell their trash instead of just discarding them. People just need to log on to the startup's website, and representatives are sent to clean out the person's junk and pay for it. Junks.ng was launched on August 10, 2017 by Bradley Yarrow (Founder) and is currently based in Port Harcourt.

The startup accepts trash across electronics, books, plastic, aluminium, metals and clothes. After buying the scrap from individuals, the startup sells them to wholesalers and recycling companies. 

For end-users, it’s a seamless way to make some extra cash and for the startup itself, asides the revenue obtained from the value these junks can proffer, Bradley says Junks.ng is helping to actualise their goal of having a greener and neater Nigeria.

(Photo: Junks.ng)

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