Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Student develops tricycle for waste management system in Africa

11 Sep 2014 15:49 | Communication

AUAS student Arjen Reinders has developed a tricycle for charity Cycling out of Poverty (CooP-Africa). Arjen is a fourth-year Product Design student who developed the tricycle to contribute to a self-sufficient waste management system with bicycles in Uganda, Burkina Faso and Kenya: Bike2Clean. The tricycles are used to collect rubbish and are manufactured in the workshop of a partner organisation of CooP-Africa: BSPW.

Training and support in production

Arjen previously worked as a volunteer in Kenya, where he started up a tricycle production and supported and trained the people of BSPW in the production of tricycles. Not only is this project good for local employment and self-reliance, it also contributes to sustainability as the waste is separated and recycled. The tricycles are used to collect rubbish and are manufactured in the workshop of a partner organisation of CooP-Africa : BSPW.

Private waste collectors and recycling companies in Uganda, Burkina Faso and Kenya use the carrier tricycles to collect waste from households. In some cases the waste is sold to processing plants or recycled into a new end products by the waste collectors themselves (such as compost, souvenirs, plastic chairs and tables, methane gas, etc.). The income generated by the sale of the waste and the new end products can be used to pay the young people doing the work and to maintain the bicycles.

Another Product Design student will start designing a unisex bicycle frame for CooP-Africa in September. Arjen is currently working on the development of a new product for his graduation project at the company Blackstarbikes. The AUAS wishes him every success in this project!