A company from Somalia invented how to get rid of plastic from the streets and renovate a destroyed city. A worthy example


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Annually, about 10 million tons of plastic waste reach the sea. Such a number terrifies and you need to start doing something from now on. Ahmed Abdullah from Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has begun to make his contribution in the reduction of plastic waste. In addition, he has managed to transform his idea into a business model.

A man sorts plastic litter collected from a garbage dump to be recycled into roofing tiles at the Envirogreen recycling plant in Mogadishu, Somalia January 13, 2019. Picture taken January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar – RC1301B35D90

After Ahmed Abdullah saw an ecological business perspective in the garbage of the destroyed streets of Mogadishu, he collected a team of volunteers. Many of them were refugees, tormented by a prolonged armed conflict. In June of 2018 they decided to create a company under the name of Green Plastic.

The workers took to the streets of the city and began to gather plastic bottles, bags and wrappers to give all this garbage a new life.

A man shreds plastic litter collected from a garbage dump to be recycled into roofing tiles at the Envirogreen recycling plant in Mogadishu, Somalia January 13, 2019. Picture taken January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar – RC1A64D76950

The years of the civil war were recorded in the image of the capital of Somalia. Due to the bombings that fell on many facilities, the roofs of these were completely open. The company Green Plastic kills two birds in one shot: the plastic that is collected is crushed and then tiles are made with it. Later these become roofs for the devastated structures of the city.

According to the words of one of the workers of the young company Muslimo Aden Ali, they are paid 3,000 Somali kilos (approximately $ 5.18) for each kilogram of waste brought to the company. “This is a good job that allows us to earn a living,” says the man.

An employee sorts roofing tiles made from recycled plastic litter at the Envirogreen recycling plant in Mogadishu, Somalia January 13, 2019. Picture taken January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar – RC11416617B0

Thus, in addition to the ecological issue, Green Plastic also takes into account the economy and guarantees employment for people. Although, of course, such work is far from considered as easy.

A woman receives payment for delivering plastic litter to be recycled into roofing tiles at the Envirogreen recycling plant in Mogadishu, Somalia January 13, 2019. Picture taken January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar – RC1839959D00

In addition to cleaning the city, the company buys the plastic waste from the population. And this is a good economic supplement for the local inhabitants.

And what do you think about such an initiative?


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