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How Waste Collection Business Can Increase Employment And Create Wealth For Nigerians



As the population of Nigeria continues to grow every day beyond its estimated two hundred million (200,000000) unemployment rate also grow with it.

Nigeria, the most populous African country and one of the highest producer of university and polytechnic graduates in the world with knowledge in different fields, such as Engineering, Accounting, Medical, Communications etc is still producing more.

Despite all these, Nigeria continues to dwell in the pit of poverty instead of using the advantage of its population and rate of educated citizens to create more wealth opportunities which will increase the country’s economy.


But Mr. Ayodele Olalere ,the Director of Divine Waste Manager, venture into collecting waste for recycling of new products, with his site at Olaiya area, Osogbo, Osun State.

Mr Olalere who speaks Yoruba and English fluently has two other young females girls who are within the age bracket of 30 years working under him.


The above mentioned categories of waste are most of the challenges states confronting in terms of free flow of water through dranages and canaries.

This business of Mr Olalere is not only meeting his financial needs but also solving environmental pollution and unwanted flood disaster during raining season.

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Explaining how he collects waste and sells them to collector companies in Lagos and Ibadan, he said he buys carton, plastic bottle-water, nylon, rubber slippers and sandals.

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According to Olaleye “We buy a kilogram of carton for N50 and raggolis pets (plastic bottle-water) for N50.” He ,however, categorized the plastic bottle water into treated and untreated.

The waste manager said the treated plastic bottle-waters are those that their label has been removed and the untreated which he buys for N30 are those that his workers have to remove their lable at his workshop “my workers are paid N10 for removing the label of each plastic bottle-water” he said.

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He noted that plastic bottle-water of white and blue color are the only one he buys.

“Clean packing nylon per kilogram is bought for N100 while the dirty one that will be clean by my workers are for N70 and robber slippers per kilogram is N50” he said.


Mr Ayodele Olalere who could not hide the challenges confronting his business called on investor to collaborate with him in the waste management business.

He said with more fund and equipment his output will increase and more employment will be made.

He listed compressing machine for plastic bottle-water and Carton Baling machine as important equipment needed to expand the capacity of his workshop.

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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