Helen’s Refuse Collection Services

Providing sustainable waste management and recycling services
2019 SEED Africa Award Waste Management Harare, Zimbabwe

The company provides door-to-door services to households and corporates for a fee. They focus on all types of waste, including garbage and recyclables. This sets them apart from larger recycling companies who only accept the higher earning waste streams. The company also provides bins to support clients with their own waste management.

The number of staff at Helen’s Refuse Collection Services continues to grow. The company is currently developing an app to increase the customer base and increase efficiency of operations.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The company has managed to reduce the amount of waste that would have ended up in the municipal dump by more than 300 tonnes per year
  • Providing stable employment for 13 people
  • Contributing to a cleaner and healthier living environment
  • Promoting recycling in local communities
  • Training of formerly unskilled staff
  • Collecting 600+ tonnes of waste from more than 700 premises each year
  • Reducing landfill waste by more than 300 tonnes
  • Recycling and selling of around 60% of all waste collected



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Muzambiringa Investments – provides advisory services and scale-up support

Impact Hub Harare – provides access to business support networks

Dulux Private Limited - uses the company’s collection and recycling services

ILO – provides financial support and business development services until June 2020 ( Winner of 2018 Simuka-Phakama Green enterPRIZE )

Econet – contributes to the collections and to the development of a materials recovery facility


Swedish Embassy – is a client since June 2016 and is benefitting from recycling trainings

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