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Our Mission

"To create green, environmentally friendly, sustainable solutions to lift people out of abject poverty in Uganda."

Our Story

From one back garden to making a massive environmental and economic impact

With no formal waste management system in Uganda, plastic can be seen everywhere. Discarded on roadsides, littered throughout markets and burning on rubbish heaps, plastic waste is creating a devastating impact on both Uganda’s environment and the human population. It was seeing this detrimental impact of plastic waste that led us to find a solution to Uganda’s plastic problem and what started as a collection site in Andy’s back garden has now grown into what Eco Brixs is today.

 

Eco Brixs started out in 2017. Frustrated with the lack of waste management systems in Masaka, we started collecting plastic in our back garden, and after collecting 2 tonnes alone, decided to start a simple plastic collection facility called ‘Masaka Recycling Initiative’. 

 

It soon became clear that the size and scale of the problem was far greater than what anyone had envisaged - 90% of plastic in Uganda goes to landfill or is illegally burnt and whatever small percentage of plastic waste is recycled is typically shipped to China and India rather than supporting the local economy. With more plastic than we could manage, we began to look into more effective ways to recycle plastic which would help support the local communities and economy. After 6 months of research and knocking on countless doors, we’ve developed an innovative plastic-sand composite paver which has been proven to be stronger, lighter and more durable than concrete.

 

Two years on and Masaka Recycling Initiative has now evolved into 'Eco Brixs’, one of the largest recycling facilities outside of Kampala. Having received backing from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and with partnerships with organisations including Coca Cola, Masaka Diocese and Buganda Kingdom, we’re can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Our Team

Eco Brixs is led by a skilled management team with extensive networks at corporate and government levels in Uganda. The management team are overseen by a UK and a Ugandan Board

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After working all his professional life in the charity sector in London, Andy moved to Uganda in 2015 to help establish the Uganda Marathon Foundation. After seeing the negative impact of plastic waste in Uganda he started to research possible solutions and connect with industry players before establishing Masaka Recycling Initiative, which over just two years, has grown into Eco Brixs. Prior to life in Uganda, Andy worked at management level for 5 years with London Cyrenians and graduated with BA Hons from Winchester University.

Outside of Eco Brixs, Andy is a professional clown, Nile beer drinker and father to 2 cats. He is also working on his first dystopian novel which, unsurprisingly, involves plastic. 

CEO and Founder

ANDY BOWNDS

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Gee moved to Uganda in 2015 to head Opportunity Africa, a philanthropic organisation focused on sustainable development through education and enterprise. With a love for Uganda and a strong belief that enterprise is one of the best way in which to help develop communities, she then went onto establish a microfinance programme alongside Grass Roots Cafe and Deli before Eco Brixs. Prior to life in Uganda, Gee worked in the private equity real estate industry for 5 years where she was responsible for developing relationships with European and U.S. institutional investors for Blackstone and Revcap. Gee graduated with 1st Class Honours in Law from Leeds University.

When Gee isn’t looking at mountains of plastic rubbish, she’s usually found writing her blog with the deluded view of being the next Karen Blixen or eating her body weight in avocados.

Chair of the Trustees Board

GEE ELLIOTT

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Johnson has lived in Masaka for 11 years, having worked in various NGO’s including the Uganda Marathon and Banda Lodge Social Enterprise. He started working with Andy through the Uganda Marathon in 2016 and now works full time as collection manager for Eco Brixs. Johnson is the longest-serving member of Eco Brixs staff and has undertaken various safety training and management training.

When Johnson isn’t driving his collection truck around town, he is usually found speeding on his boda.

Plant and Operations Manager

JOHNSON MUSINGUZI

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Email: info@ecobrixs.org​​

UK Reg Charity No: 1184169

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