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Across Africa, plastic wastes are aggressively littered on the streets and accumulated in dumpsites. Most of these plastic wastes, when burnt, release toxic smoke into the atmosphere polluting the environment and bringing harm to living organisms; thes...

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A Ray of Hope: How Two Pioneering Scientists Transform Plastic Waste into a Sustainable Business.

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
05/05/2020 05:01 PM

Across Africa, plastic wastes are aggressively littered on the streets and accumulated in dumpsites. Most of these plastic wastes, when burnt, release toxic smoke into the atmosphere polluting the environment and bringing harm to living organisms; these wastes tend to clog waterways and gutters, hence kick-starting floods, which in turn leads to the displacement of people when it rains. In most countries, some of these plastics make their way into the coast from inland areas, killing sea creatures and creating dead zones.   

 

Two ambitious couples (scientists) Victor Amusa and Folashade, took hold of this excellent opportunity, reforming it into an eco-friendly and sustainable business that converts plastic waste into outstanding products. They saw the need to solve an environmental problem that threatens the livelihoods and health of billions of people worldwide.  

 

VICFOLD RECYCLES was born, and in the space of four years, the business grew into an innovative company, operating a youth-centered recycling program, enticing and encouraging the communities to exchange their trash for value via a structure termed the “purchase-back scheme of waste.” The scheme further urged women to sort recyclable items, while training young people to acquire technical skills and operate machines correctly. According to Folashade, “we build our business on the fundamental principle of sustaining the planet, humans, and profit.”

 

Both scientists started out working at a manufacturing company that produces polymer films from recycled plastic bags used for shopping and from plastic pellets that are processed, and that was when the golden idea struck. To know if their idea was feasible, they began a survey in the capital city, Kwara (Ilorin), Nigeria. After their waste audit, results show that 3,000 tons of plastic waste is generated daily. 

 

As an alternative to importing plastics from countries like China, US, they took hold of this opening and simply recycled plastics (resins) by putting them to good use, through manufacturing in Nigeria and thereby providing job opportunities, eco-friendly environment, training, and awareness to Nigerian citizens. 

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