“Inclusion is intentional. It is about identifying and removing barriers so that everyone can participate to the best of their ability.”

The contradictory reality of simultaneously standing out and fading into the background encapsulates the daily life of informal waste pickers navigating the vibrant streets of our urban centres. Despite being a ubiquitous presence, these individuals find themselves among the most marginalized, vilified, criminalized, and overlooked members of our community. Despite their essential role in diverting recyclable waste from landfills, their valuable contributions frequently go unnoticed, unacknowledged, and underestimated. Considering the principles of circular economy thinking, where waste reuse and repurposing are crucial not only for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but also for addressing environmental impact, it becomes evident that waste pickers play a fundamental role in propelling cities toward the achievement of the SDGs.

At Shonaquip, we recognise and appreciate their invaluable contribution. We have manufactured waste picker trolleys that are meticulously designed to amplify the efficiency of this process, allowing waste pickers to collect recyclable materials more effectively. This translates to a significant reduction in waste ending up in landfills, contributing to a cleaner and greener environment.

Our trolleys not only enhance efficiency but also address the issue of abandoned shopping trolleys that clutter our urban landscapes. Frequently taken from retailers and left strewn across streets, these trolleys not only mar the cleanliness of our surroundings but also incur inconvenience and costs associated with theft. Shonaquip’s waste picker trolleys act as a solution, mitigating these challenges and fostering a cleaner, more organised urban environment.

At the heart of Shonaquip’s mission lies a dual commitment — to positively impact the lives and inclusivity of disabled children and the environment. While our primary focus as a Social Enterprise revolves around manufacturing mobility devices like wheelchairs, our foray into waste picker trolleys represents a broader dedication to environmental sustainability.

We firmly believe that collaborative efforts can significantly advance waste management and recycling initiatives. By reaching out to your esteemed organization, we aim to forge partnerships that catalyze positive change.

If the vision of Shonaquip resonates with your organization, we invite you to explore potential collaborations and initiatives in the field of waste management and recycling. Your insights and support can contribute to creating a more sustainable and cleaner future.

In conclusion, Shonaquip’s waste picker trolleys are not just products; they are catalysts for positive change. As we navigate the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and social impact, we invite you to join us on this journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss potential collaborations further, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are eager to explore how we can contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world together.


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