AppCyclers: Innovative Approach for e-Waste Management

Article on AppCyclers, ISC3 Start-up of the Month April 2023, in CHEManager International

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Ghana-based start-up AppCyclers has developed a web- and app-based solution for local electronics waste (e-waste) management services. What distinguishes these innovators is their holistic approach: With this contribution to sustainable chemistry, they not only focus on safe and efficient disposal of e-waste and material recovery. They also educate local communities about the importance of proper disposal and reducing their e-waste footprint.

AppCyclers addresses the link between e-waste management and sustainable development in this way and encourages the locals to make more responsible choices when it comes to electronics by implementing the 3R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. For this reason, International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) has chosen AppCyclers as the ISC3 Start-up of the Month for April 2023.

How does the AppCyclers solution work? The web and app-based e-waste management system of AppCyclers uses data analysis and community sensitization to ensure proper disposal of e-waste. Their solution enables users to easily identify the closest e-waste drop-off points, request pick-ups, and track the progress of the disposal process. The platform also provides a marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of valuable materials such as copper, aluminum, and PBC boards, providing a more efficient and reliable way to access these materials and creating income-generating opportunities for the community.