Recycling plastics into fence posts, furniture – Kenya News Agency
In order to reduce the pressure on cutting down trees for various purposes, a group of young people from the Ruthigiti area of Kiambu County have embarked on the recycling of plastic waste into eco-friendly fence posts and rot and termite resistant outdoor furniture.
With the noble enterprise founded in 2019, Noma Green Plastics Group pioneer Mugo Macharia shared with KNA that the source of inspiration for him and two other friends came from the passion to conserve trees with their broad benefits while fulfilling the divide by countering the consumerist nature of society.
“When we started the recycling project, we could only afford a second-hand machine to shred and melt the plastic waste, although our work then was very limited due to the nature of the machine and funds. insufficient to make the production more consistent,” Mugo mentioned.
Thanks to the mobilization of resources from a supporter, Mugo explained that they were then able to buy another machine which facilitated the production.
“Our main goal, which we have achieved, is to manufacture environmentally friendly fence posts and outdoor furniture, including benches and tables,” Mugo added.
From recycled plastic at Noma, the posts are of different sizes; three-inch rounds, four-inch rounds and squares, and planks.
The boards are used to make outdoor furniture while three-inch and four-inch posts are used for fencing and Mugo says they were looking forward to expanding recycling to more materials used for construction.
He noted that they were keen to eliminate environmental plastic waste that would have ended up in landfills, water systems and the natural environment, with their fence posts being a great substitute for wood, saving trees to be cut because every pole they sell could have been a wooden pole from a tree.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has been advocating for youth involvement in environmental protection through grassroots conservation projects.
With the 80% target set by NEMA, only 45% of the waste generated in the city is recycled, reused or transformed into a form that can generate an economic or ecological benefit.
Mugo, reiterated that through their Noma Green Plastics, their business has been a source of employment and income for young people in the region.
“At the moment, we have six youths from Kamangu and Ruthigiti area in Kiambu County who are working full-time, while we also hire about ten young men and women on a temporary basis when the work is overwhelming,” said said Mugo.
Recycling has been one of the recommended waste treatment methods that allows the country to reduce waste that is normally directed to landfills and other disposal facilities.
David Ndung’u in charge of production at Noma Green plastic called on young people to embrace the aspect of recycling waste to reduce serious effects in the future.
“I joined this recycling group to advocate for better environmental conservation and to save trees because if they are cut down in a negative way we will continue to suffer more effects of climate change and I want to urge my comrades young people to be the source of positive change wherever they live by saving the environment,” said Ndung’u.
The country aims to move the waste sector in each county from low collection rates, illegal dumping and uncontrolled landfills to affordable waste collection, recycling and composting, and secure final disposal in engineered landfills. for the remaining fraction of the waste stream.
By Jackline Kidaha