Integrated Plastics Recovery and Recycling Project
Converting plastic waste into raw materials for plastic poles
The initiative, established in 2009, is unique as it recycles dirty plastic containers (polythenes) using a novel technique and converts them into plastic poles. No other plastic recycler is known to be able to recycle dirty polythenes (LDPE) that litter the environment without first undergoing a washing process. It is thus a process that minimises resource use. Plastic waste, collected by community members, is used as the raw material for durable and sustainable plastic poles. The poles are then used as fences or as other construction materials within the building sector, which is the main market.
Destiny Africa, a national NGO, has established itself as a key player in environmental issues, especially in solid waste management (SWM).
Green Africa, a newly registered company affiliated toDestiny Africa, has adopted this social business model after several years of involvement in SWM and experience of the many challenges and high failure rate of community-based mobilisation for recycling.
Eco-plast, established to recover and recycle plastics from established plastics manufacturers, deals with clean polythenes and offers technical support to the partnership.