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Recycling project is the winner of #youforG20


More than 220 initiatives applied. “Vicfold Recyclers” from Nigeria convinced the community – and the Jury.

The “Vicfold Recyclers” project in Nigeria has won the #youforG20 competition. The initiative champions recycling plastic waste. At the same time, it creates job opportunities. In the federal state of Kwara “Vicfold Recyclers” has established a network of deposit points and plastic collectors (above all unemployed women and young people) gather empty bottles and other waste products at the doorstep and in this way earn a little money. As a result, countless families have now managed to improve their incomes.

The concept won over the six-person jury consisting of representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office and the editorial desk of as well as the testimonials of the campaign. “Vicfold Recyclers” will receive financial support totalling 15,000 Euros to help move the project forward.

More than 220 initiatives from all over the world competed in the #youforG20 contest. The call was for projects that in a very emphatic manner tackled a social or economic issue, or a matter of environmental policy and help improve people’s living conditions. 


Entries from all over the world

224 initiatives on all continents hope to win an award in the #youforG20 campaign. The map presents an overview of the ideas, locations and visions of the projects that have entered the competition.

Deyalkotha, Bangladesh

The aim is to build a creative platform that ensures empowerment of the underprivileged and marginal society through inclusion of art and culture in their everyday life.

Insectus, Zambia

In Zambia malnutrition is acute as the poor situation does not allow variety in food. We want to improve the diet quantitatively and qualitatively.

New Life to Plastic, Nairobi

Waste material is washed and reworked into a reusable plastic material that can be resold to plastic manufacturing companies in the area, creating a source of income for families.

WAVE Academy, Lagos State

WAVE’s goal is to provide millions of youth in West Africa with employment skills to lift themselves out of poverty, contributing to their communities and the nation’s economy.

Waste-2-Watt, Nigeria

The renewable energy project W2W is not just focused on energy generation but also on waste treatment, energy efficiency and clean cooking technology.