Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


Blue Sky Recycling provides livelihoods for 1,500 families throughout informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa. BSR pays pickers for collectables, then sorts and resells them to distributors. Our project aimed to discover opportunities in process improvement and financial sustainability. Methods involved interviews, observations, and collective planning with liaisons. Outcomes included mechanical hoist plans, an application for data entry, market rebranding, community education, an updated website, and digitized financial spreadsheets. We collaboratively enhanced BSR’s business model to establish efficiency through quicker pickups, better working conditions, and increased publicity.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs