2022 waste logistics innovation lab

An increased focus on toilet installations in Sub-Saharan Africa unleashes a new challenge as the essential step to collect and transport faecal sludge is overlooked or unviable. This negatively affects society, the environment at large and ultimately progress. The Toilet Board Coalition is bringing together top minds in waste logistics to tackle this challenge.

The 2022 Waste Logistics Innovation Lab and Roundtable support the growth of early-stage businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa working in the collection and transportation of faecal sludge. Six businesses were selected to join a six-month Lab, running between March to August 2022. The learnings will serve as the backbone of a report charting market opportunities, financial and climate impacts of business models and technologies in the sector.


  • A six-month programme with support and mentorship
  • Exposure to the Toilet Board Coalition’s global network of corporations and investors
  • Financial & climate analytics and recommendations for their business
  • Showcasing of their experience and model in a global call-to-action report


Stretching from Madagascar, Kenya, Malawi, Burkina Faso to Ghana, the six innovative business models selected for the programme range from digital solutions such as a mobile app linking households with collection and transport services to inclusive price mechanisms that benefit low-income households. We are excited to launch the 2022 Waste Logistics Innovation Lab and work with these dynamic businesses that share the vision to improve and expand access to safe emptying and transportation of faecal sludge while bringing positive environmental and economic impacts.”
Eric G. Nartey
Circular Sanitation Manager at the Toilet Board Coalition



Toilet Board Coalition invites businesses interested in exploring this thematic area to join the Waste Logistics Roundtable. The Roundtable will host a total of 4 sessions throughout 2022, bringing together corporate partners, investors and experts to advise, support and learn from the participating startups and contribute to the final market report.

  • Roundtables are a space to learn and share with peers collaboratively
  • Work directly with innovative service providers
  • First access to business insights
  • Contribute to a distinct call to action for investment and partnerships in this space

Not a Member yet, but interested in collaborating?

This is an opportunity to work with entrepreneurs that are paving the way to unlock a resilient market opportunity within a supply chain that touches all of humanity every single day. Are you interested in collaborating with the Waste Logistics Innovation Lab? Contact The Toilet Board Coalition at nartey@toiletboard.org for possibilities.

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Meet the selected businesses

brooms ltd, Kenya

Founded in 2005 in Kenya, and led by Mary Muriuki, Brooms Ltd provides portable toilets and septic tank emptying. They specialize in hire and rental of Portable Toilets and Septic Tank Cleaning, bridging a gap in public sanitation in areas such as construction sites. These solutions aim to provide dignity for construction workers, short-term solutions for large crowds, preventing open defecation and assisting in pollution control through safe transportation.

eco-dio, madagascar

Founded in 2020 in Fianarantsoa, ECO-DIO provides affordable, fast and safe pit emptying services for pit latrines, septic tanks, public sanitary blocks and EcoSan toilets using a diesel-powered vacuum pump for septic tanks and real manual emptying for pit latrines. Led by Samantha Cameron, ECO-DIO looks forward to mentorship in the Lab to develop their business plan, tariffication, find solutions to inaccessible latrines, and ensure profitability.

global assainissement international, Burkina Faso

Founded in 2015 and led by Alidou Bande, GAI (Global Assainissement International) operates in the emptying and cleaning of latrines that cannot be drained mechanically. The transport of faecal sludge remains one of the major challenges for the company. Alidou Bande and his 30 colleagues created the Burkinabe Association for Sanitation and Environmental Protection (ABASE), which he chairs. This association is a chance for manual emptiers to be recognized. GAI is looking forward to mentorship, capacity building and financial advice through the Lab.

icesspool, ghana

Founded in 2019, iCESSPOOL is a mobile app/platform that links urban customers to safe and reliable toilet (sludge) emptying services and safe disposal. iCESSPOOL makes it possible for the public to receive sanitation services remotely without having to move from the comfort of their homes. Residents are able to find set-price emptiers immediately via their phone, and desludging enterprises will benefit from expanding their customer base and increase their revenue without having to invest heavily in advertising. Led by Dominic Aboagye, iCESSPOOL is looking forward to mentorship in the Lab in the areas of product advertisement and funding for scaling.

kaka cesspool services, uganda

Founded in 2018, KAKA Cesspool Services specializes in faecal sludge transportation, ranging from onsite sanitation systems to faecal sludge treatment plants. Headquartered in Kawaala, Uganda, KAKA Cesspool operates in 19 different low-income areas of Uganda. KAKA Cesspool is looking to upgrade their equipment in order to expand their market, for instance with a heavy-duty cesspit emptier truck with a tank of capacity 8000-12000 L. Led by Nsubuga Med, KAKA Cesspool is looking forward to receiving mentorship and business development support from the Lab.


Founded in 2016 and led by Grivin Nyaka, Royal Sanitation Solutions aspires to promote sanitation in low-income areas of Malawi through low-cost sanitation technologies. Royal Sanitation Solutions centers on simple technologies, which have proven to be effective in the delivery of sanitation services in low-income areas. This includes but is not limited to the provision of affordable emptying and safe disposal of feacal sludge. Having worked with Gulper emptying technologies, they realized certain limitations such as risk of contamination. Therefore, they are looking to develop their business and are specifically focused to look for automatic Pit Emptying Technologies such as cesspool emptiers.

frequently asked questions

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