Siyabuddy Recycling and Waste Management

Manufacturing sustainable eco-bricks from recycled plastic waste
2019 SEED Low Carbon Award Waste Management Steenbok Village, South Africa

Siyabuddy empowers community members to collect waste from different sources like shopping centres, hospitals, illegal dumping sites, etc. The company trains the collectors on waste separation, pays them per kg collected and ultimately sells the collected waste to recyclers all across South Africa.

Siyabuddy also manufactures and sells plastic pavement bricks, made from recycled plastic bags, which can also be turned into other brick moulds as well as roof tiles.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Since it started its operative business in 2017, Siyabuddy has employed 28 youths while providing revenue opportunities for another 1033 waste collectors. It collects over 120 tonnes of waste from landfills every months to be recycled and accounts for monthly revenues of R280,000 on average.
  • Creating indirect employment for 1033 waste collectors
  • Providing fulltime employment for 28 young people
  • Redirecting 120 tons from landfills for recycling

  • Selling over 100 tons of waste per month
  • Realising an average revenue of R280 000 per month



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.

Industrial Development Coorperation (IDC) is a national development finance institution that has been the enterprise’s most important financier so far.

SAPPI, a global technology company, provided Siyabuddy with a baling machine and the training required to operate it.

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