Updated May 07, 2019

Coliba Recycling

Called "The Uber of waste management service", Coliba makes us of mobile technology to creating solution to the huge plastic waste problem in West Africa.


Prince Agbata

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Coliba has transitioned from ideation to doing further research as well as pilot and prove of concept in Accra Ghana and Ivory Coast. Today, Coliba has scored huge traction in entering the market with good revenue , impact and plans to scale.

Focus Areas:

Education, Waste Management and Climate Change and Resilience

Education, Waste Management and Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire

Ghana and Cote d'IvoireSEE LESS

Lives Impacted to Date
Countries Implemented In
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding


Ghana generates 1.7 million tons of plastic waste per year with less than 2% of it recycled. The government speds $219 million per year on collection, recovery and dumping as well as maintenance of traditional landfills in the country with no effective recycling infrastructures. The low recycling rate leads to plastic waste ending up in water bodies, streets and thereby causes health complications.



COliba is solving a simple problem; which is to increase the recycling rate in Ghana from the current 2%. Coliba does this through the introduction of digital recycling platform that puts recycling services at the center of users as well as setting up recycling and recovery centers for plastic waste.

Target Beneficiaries

Our services are designed with low income households in mind through the use of SME and USSD for users of non smart phones as well as high income households who have smart phones. Our serves also serve waste pickers as waste pickers are integrated in the recovery process . Households and users get incentives for recycling of their plastic waste.

Mission and Vision

The vision is to becomes Africa's leading innovative recycling company focused on plastic recycling. The mission is to innovatively address plastic pollution challenges in Africa using the circular economy model .

Innovation Description

The Coliba app is a mobile platform that allows the users to know the closest recycling and sorting centers we have set up across Ghana where they can drive and drop off plastic wastes. Users also have options to schedule for plastic waste pick ups and be mapped ti the closest waste pickers near them where they are picked and in turn have recycle points which can be converted into incentives. Coliba processes these plastics and sell to customers at higher prices.

Competitive Advantage

The use of mobile technology, algorithm recovery for mapping and recovery much effective and innovative which is not used by our competitors. Also Coliba remains the only recycling company in Ghana with over 40 sorting and collection centers in Ghana

Planned Goals and Milestones

The next
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted4,000
New Implemented CountriesNigeria
Recruit2 management, 5 operations workers, 5 interns, 5 volunteers
New FeatureCreate a version for Iphone users aside the current app available on android. Upgrade the platform to handle traffice. Also upgrade recycling plants and capacity to recycling more and double production.


Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
Jan 2019
Lives Impacted
Nov 2018
Key Partnership
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Cote d'Ivoire
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In