Since 2015, Penda Paper has played a significant role in addressing the problem of paper/cartoon waste in Addis Ababa. We have gradually built an assortment of collection systems that allow us to collect paper from a variety of sources, ranging from offices to factories. However, it has become increasingly clear that we also need a channel that can capture the tons of paper that are being created by households, small corner shops, and business, or that are being left on the streets. The result – Worke. A new system for waste collection, consisting of 40 bikes with collection trays spread throughout the city (for exact locations see the map to the left ).
These bikes allow everyone is Addis to bring their waste paper to a location near their house. It’s all pretty simple. For each kg of paper/cartoon waste delivered, our bike attendants (one for each bike) will give you 2 birr; enough money to purchase a bus ticket or a small loaf of bread. Alternatively, the money can be donated to our Rotaract foundation charity project, which involves donating notebooks to children in need. By doing so we hope to create an initiative for people to return their waste with the pleasant side effect of creating jobs and cleaning up the streets of Addis Ababa in the process.