TechInAfrica — A South African mobile app, WRAPP (Waste Recycling App), made an entry to the continent growing tech ecosystem. This app brings independent truck owners and customers together as the service provides businesses and professionals a quick and convenient way to remove waste from their worksites.
With the app, small businesses, construction companies, shopping centers, renovators, housing complexes and homeowners can book a truck or skip, local drivers and loading teams who will collect the waste for responsible disposal. Everything is tracked and recorded online.
Primarily, WRAPP is the waste removal similar to Uber where we can book a ride at the touch of a button. “We want to spare you the hassle of sorting out your waste while creating work for truck owners in an environmentally conscious way,” says WRAPP founder, Clive Amsel. “It’s one of the primary reasons we exist.”
Serving more than 700 clients in 60 service providers registered across Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, WRAPP announced on Friday, 18 October 2019, its plans to be available nationwide by the end of 2019.
WRAPP enables the client to choose the waste type, truck type and pick-up time for loads from 1.3 to 12 tons. Quotes and payment methods are available directly from the app. The service also utilizes live tracking and notifications, so the client doesn’t have to follow up on the job. The cloud-based dashboard also provides clients access to a full audit trail with timestamps of every load’s life cycle, from removal to recycling or disposal.
Soon after a client places an order on WRAPP, the job is processed in an instant and the closest available truck is dispatched or scheduled. Following the completion of the job, clients can give a rating to the driver’s service.
Amsel says, “It’s a different approach to work and it’s wonderful to see the potential this technology taps into. Apart from the positive environmental impact, we can make through recycling and responsible disposal, it’s the new work opportunities that give me hope.”
When active on the service, truck owners can schedule their work and manage their time. They take 80 percent of all revenue, while WRAPP markets their services online, automates bookings, manages administration and carries the credit risk on payments.
The app is currently available for Android devices in Google Play store.