Recycling plastic waste for environmental safety and education
Published on June 7, 2016 um 20:31
Explain your idea in details:
This idea is primarily borne out of concern for those that are suffering from the problems associated with environmental pollution from the indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste. The people who suffer from these challenges are peasant fishermen living in the creeks and farmers.There is another problem of urban littering and blocking of drainage and canals. The resultant effect is flooding during the rainy season leading to destruction several properties. The focus of this idea is to convert these waste to wealth. How would it be done? All plastic waste will be collected by hiring young people who will gather them at the project site. With the abundant waste around, we'll never run out of 'raw materials'. Our focus now will be to convert these waste to useful demonstration tools and equipment like simple farm tools, toys and models that will help children understand science and visual courses better. There is also an another innovative idea that will involve converting these waste to affordable housing materials that can be used to provide cheap and affordable housing for rural dwellers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
From field observations, over 50 per cent of our urban waste is purely plastic waste. This project will help cut plastic waste generation by at least 70 per cent. This will help reduce the quantity of solid inorganic waste that constitute the major problem of solid waste management in our cities. This idea will therefore reduce the cost incurred in managing waste and such revenue will be used by government to finance other projects. This idea if properly financed and implemented will generate both direct and indirect employment for our teaming youth. It is noble project that will involve the engaging of research agencies in the education sector as to ways to help solve several other teaching aid deficiencies in our schools.It will be our target to have facilitated the completion of at one thousand demonstration homes in rural ares and refugee camps in the first year of operation. Our success will be measured based on the cut in quantity of waste in our cities, the quantity of toys, tools and our teaching aids sold and the testimonies of teachers in the effectiveness of such teaching aids. Our housing models will become a model for several other cheap housing contractors throughout the world.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This project is a multi million naira project that will involve several collaborations and funding from diverse sources. This business model will be a Partnership that will grow to become a limited liability company. Financing for now is purely personal savings and we look forward to donations and collaborations with the government agencies, World Bank and the United Nations.
This project is a for profit venture and profits from sales of our products will ensure sustainability. Initial funding will be for procurement of machinery, equipment and office space.
Uhee, Ter Malthus was born on 15th June, 1980. He studied agricultural economics and extension from the Federal University of agriculture Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. His career has spanned over eight years across disciplines including teaching. He has strong passion to make an impact towards community development and impacting lives rural communities. He won the most outstanding Youth Corpse Award for Environmental Advocacy during his one year of National Service.
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