Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Eco Bricks Recycling.
Explain your idea in details:
Eco Bricks Recycling main objectives will be: Reduction of plastic wastes in our environment by 80%. Reduce on the rate of deforestation by replacing wood electric and fencing poles with recycled plastic poles. Provision of Eco-friendly cheap construction materials which will solve the problem of decent and affordable housing. Creation of job opportunities to the unemployed youth and marginalized women, from collecting the plastic wastes, sand mining and the actual work in the factory site to transform these materials into construction materials. Raise funds from sales of the products to expand this operation in the sub Sahara Africa. Poverty eradication and reduce income inequality in the local community. The main activities in this venture are: Collection of the plastic wastes, cleaning them and shredding them into small pieces. Mining the sand , drying it by either spreading in the sun or heating it with fire to remove all the moisture. The transformation process of melting up the shredded plastic wastes in used oil at 200 degrees centigrade and mixing it with the dry sand to give us the mortar, this mortar is then put into molds and compressed to the desired construction products like, hollow blocks, paving stones, roofing tiles, slabs, waffles, fencing poles. The products are dried and are ready for use and sales. Sensitize the public on proper disposal of plastics wastes. The above mentioned process can either be done manually right from the collection of the plastic wastes , minding the sand until molding the construction materials or by machines employed in the process.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Eco Bricks Recycling's main targets are: Reduce plastic wastes from our environment by 80% in 5 years of operations. Lower the cost of access to decent and affordable housing by 50% to the poor through a housing habitat projects with communities. The use of our poles for transmission and fencing will reduce the rate of forest cover destruction. To engage the unemployed youth and marginalized women to eradicate poverty and improve their livelihoods. To expand the project beyond my country Uganda to East Africa and the rest of Africa. To ensure that the project is self sustaining after commencement. The following will be the measures to evaluate the project success: The improved livelihoods and the purchasing power of the youths and women engaged in the project. The decent and affordable housing to the community members who will benefit from the habitat project. The sales turnover from the sale of the construction materials. A clean environment free from plastic wastes. The ability to replicate the project to other areas.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Eco Bricks Recycling, plans on starting small with manually operated machines, the processes includes the youth and the women in the communities to collect the plastic wastes from the environment and sell to Eco Bricks Recycling at an agreed rate, the youth will hand dig the sand and also sell to Eco Bricks Recycling at the market rate, Eco Bricks Recycling will use bio gas generated from organic wastes for heating up the mixture using fabricated drums, the mortar will manually be compressed in the molds to produce the final products. This will be our first choice of options since the machines are expensive to acquire. The sales from the construction materials will build up capacity and help in acquisition of machines and expansion. The only source of funding is personal savings .
I am a Ugandan aged 40 yrs. i have a bachelor's degree in business administration finance, currently i operate a fumigation company in which i acquired a certificate in safe use of chemicals. My biggest motivation in this project is the alarming rate of environmental pollution with plastic wastes which has devastating effect to the Ecosystem. Concrete materials is only second to water as the most used items world over and plastic concrete materials have been proved perfectly suitable for construction, they are durable, water resistant and with better compression strength. The luck of access to decent and affordable housing to the worlds poor communities and the endemic poverty levels in our societies.