Schools as outreach centres for household waste sorting

Young people, driving awareness about household waste sorting? By pursuing this idea, the "Moi Jeu Tri" association has developed its action to focus on students in Togo, followed by in Côte d'Ivoire. They educate their families and bring the waste to their school for recycling.

Environment & biodiversity

  • Location:
    Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  • Sponsor:
    Valentine Motosso
  • Grants:
    €12,000 at the selection committee meeting on 28 October 2020
    €3,000 on 18 January 2022
    €20,000 at the selection committee meeting on 6 April 2022

Project owner

Moi Jeu Tri

The creation of the socio-educational and environmental program "Moi Jeu Tri" dates back to 2016. It was designed by a group of waste management and recovery experts in response to the failure of many of the policies put in place in sub-Saharan Africa to tackle the issue. The basic idea is simple: by raising children’s awareness and educating them, waste management will move forward. Convinced by the premise, these specialists have embarked on a project in which young people become selective sorting and recycling ambassadors.

Students as waste collection drivers

The students are encouraged to bring sorted recyclable waste to their school. This waste is then sent to the appropriate sorting centre for recycling. And the financial benefit from collecting this waste is reinvested in social, ecological or humanitarian projects, either in the school or in its immediate environment.

Grass-roots sorting

The approach was first implemented in the French high school in Lomé, the capital of Togo, in 2016, before being extended to a large number of other students: in 2019, 18,000 students were made aware of the recovery of recyclable household waste. In the first quarter of 2020, 35,000 students were reached. This success has prompted the association to create a branch of "Moi Jeu Tri" in Côte d'Ivoire, and another in France, to provide technical, financial and human support for operations in Africa.

Thus structured, Moi Jeu Tri has deployed the programme in 100 new schools in Côte d'Ivoire over the period 2020-2021, with the support of the Veolia Foundation, renewed in 2022.

Together with a collection point for recyclable waste from selective household sorting, the school becomes an essential link in the local circular and solidarity economy.