Compounds (low income residential areas) in Lusaka face huge challenges when it comes to waste management. Residents are generally struggling meet basic needs – to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads and send their children to school. At such a level, environmental needs such as waste management fall low on the list of priorities.
Due to thir informal growth such areas are difficult to service and require alternative innovative models, such as collecting waste on foot using push carts or bicycles. Such services need to be paid for to ensure sustainability, however this also results in an incentive to dump, bury or burn waste to avoid waste removal fees.
This is where creating a recycling market can play a part in helping to clean the environment and inject economic value into an area. Aggregators in such areas buy valuable recyclables from anyone who collects them and due to the nature of such areas holding cash on hand can be both difficult – due to long distances to ATMs or banks, and a risk – due to theft.
BioExTech is being used in such environemnts to enable payments through mobile money (digital currency transferred through the mobile GSM network). This feature is helping to ensure timely payments, so people get their money when they need it, improve security and transparency of operations in such informal environemnts.