The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Recycling plastic wastes to pavement blocks

Your title/position MD/CEO
Type of Enterprise registered company
Year the ngo or company was founded De-Rabacon Plastics
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Explain your project in details:

Collecting plastic wastes from homes, drainage systems, sea banks and landfill to our facility where they are firstly sorted, washed and disinfected before extrusion and granulation to sheets/flakes which would be thermoformed into high-visibility packaging, buckets, interlocking blocks (pavement blocks), general plastic household items or use it in other high value-added operations (custom moulding) whilst utilizing environmentally friendly recycling and manufacturing method. We intend to recover waste for its highest and best use while balancing rates and services, to transform our business from burying waste to utilizing waste as a resource and to eliminate the need for landfills.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Periodic trainings/workshops are conducted, where 70% mostly women, were able find a place and create a niche for their selves in the recycling business. The sheets and artisan products (jewelry, furniture, mats etc.) they make are sold on the open market. Sales of these products support the initiative, as well as develop facilities and awareness around waste and recycling within the communities, It is in many ways a model social enterprise in that it combines environmental awareness, women's empowerment, and a long-term plan for self-sustainability. Over 700 homes benefitting direct by exchange of redeemable points and cash for their plastic wastes, thus creating jobs at this level. Sponsorship of environmental sanitation clubs in secondary schools to imbibe the culture of recycling and teach the significance of it, sanitation exercises every last Saturday of the month in collaboration with the States ministry of Environment.

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Sustainability and future plans

Competitive Advantage: 1. Advanced technology: Strength: Tight and reinforced parallel polymer lattice. A globally accepted quality that's lacking in our competitions products. Thickness: 0.8 1.2 mm thicker than the conventional household items, this giving it that firm feel and appeal. Pavement block: This is a first in the industry. Interlocking blocks make with plastic pallets, that's three times stronger and durable compared to that of the competition. Antifungal, fire resistant and non slippery surface for firmer grip. 2. Service delivery: Prompt delivery of orders with both online and offline presence. This is largely attributed to our close proximity to the market. 3. Price suitability: Lower pricing to appeal to our targeted customers and also penetrate deep into the market. Price margin from N20 to as higher as N80, this makes our product the product of first choice. Finance source: Bootstrapping

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Age: 28. A six year history of experience encompassing all aspects of Polymer Raw Material, Plastic Conversion Methods, and Venture Development. He is an advocator for the Green Initiative who has attended seminars, trainings and workshops on the above subject. As certifications in Project Management, Quality Management and Health and Safety Executive (1,2&3). Bachelor of Science (Human Physiology)Awards: Young Leaders Award (2015)Top Ten Global Innovators Award (2019)

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