Economic transition (sustainable supply-chains,circular economy, employment)
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Recycles Pay Educational project

African Cleanup Initiative (ACI) is a non-governmental organisation that is passionate about raising environmentally responsible citizens in Africa. Recycles Pay Educational project makes education affordable and accessible to children in low-income schools.

An initiative of African Cleanup Initiative

Overview of the project

Recycles Pay Educational project is an Eco-friendly innovation that makes education affordable and accessible to children in low-income schools. The project has received the endorsement of school owners and parents to show that it is a viable project.

The project allows the payment of school fees or other school payment(s) with any of these recyclables: PET bottles, pure water sachets, cans, etc.

The project aims to:

  • Provide an eco-friendly solution for parents to keep their children in school
  • Eliminate financial issues as an excuse that parents give for not sending their children to school
  • Enable recyclers to contribute to education and community development
  • Reduce the rate of illegal disposals of PET bottles and cans
  • Reduce the rate of drainage blockage and flooding caused by waste pollution
  • Promote environmental sensitization / awareness and re-orientation of residents
  • Promote cleanliness and healthy living

The project addresses ten (10) global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of the 17 SDGs:

  • 1-No Poverty
  • 3 Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 4-Quality Education
  • 6-Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 8-Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13-Climate Action
  • 14 Life below Water
  • 17-Partnership for the Goals

This project is designed in fulfilment of our mission of promoting environmental sustainability and raising environmentally responsible citizens. It encourages school management and parents to support the education of their children by ensuring they remain in school to learn, and not sent home because they cannot afford to pay school fees.

Recycles Pay seeks to reduce plastic pollution, and improve access to quality education while promoting the good environmental practice of recycling, and economic growth. This initiative makes education accessible to every child irrespective of their location and background.


Reduce the number of out-of-school children in vulnerable communities through the circular economy model.

Level of progress

Multi-site development

Project timeline

12/01/2018 - Project Still in progress

Quantitative results
  • Nigeria has a total of over 10 million children out of school. Through the project, over 2500 children have gained improved access to schools with over 60000 kg of plastic waste recovered from the environment in two years.
  • The project has also seen the enrollment of over 45 schools since its inception.
Qualitative results

Results showed increased communal cooperation as project engagements opened community members up to dialogue:

  • According to feedback from parents, the communities were automatically cleaning their environment, thus reducing the risk of incidence caused as a result of waste materials
  • Community education about the need to be environmentally responsible was improved through consistent engagement
  • Community support for schools improved through engagement with parents, teachers and community representatives: more parents are now willing to send their children to school as a solution to financial commitments required has been provided

The project was funded through strategic partnerships and grants

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About the

African Cleanup Initiative

Alex Akhigbe

African Cleanup Initiative (ACI) is a non-governmental organisation that is passionate about raising environmentally responsible citizens in Africa.

Our major activities include environmental sanitation, environmental education/advocacy, and community development; we have been promoting communal and corporate clean-up, as well and raising awareness projects since 2010.

We have carried out several projects since inception and these include: Community Cleanups, Green Footprints, RecyclesPay & RecyclesPayPlus Educational Project, BeyondWaste Project, Cleanforimpact, Conferences etc.

We are geared towards engaging citizens of communities in Africa to be committed to environmental sustainability, along with the actualization of the 17-point UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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