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plastic recycling

have jobless youth collect and recycle plastic bottles

Photo of abubakar Mbarak
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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

With millions of plastic containers being disposed of everyday, plastic waste has turned into a crisis. In a world striving to conserve the environment, we are determined to reverse this build-up of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products, the most common variety of plastic by collecting, cleaning then crushing plastic waste and selling it to processing factories. The bottles would have otherwise been burnt releasing carbon in to the atmosphere, we thought of a clean and commercial way of dealing with it.
Plastiquest was formed to curb unlawful disposal of plastics that affect the environment also creating job opportunities for youth in the society. The plan is to collect, clean, shred, package and sell the plastic flakes to processing factories.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

our beneficiaries are the city itself where it will be cleaner.
the youth in hte city will get jobs and also enable them to earn a living.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Plastiquest’s competitive advantage is that, unlike normal garbage collection companies which have a strategy and collection points and taking them to dumpsites. Ours will be plastic bottles all over the city and its environs aiming at recycling plastic bottles which will be lying around on the road sides or dump sites. Mombasa there are two main dumpsites (kibarani and mwakirunge) where kibarani is also a no go zone declared by the county. The other companies take the problem from one place and crowd the dumpsite while with us we recycle them and take them back to the market.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Operations will be divided into three main steps:
Collection: a group of collectors will be formed for every part of Mombasa and collection points identified. Agents will mobilize them and deliver them to the processing place.
then shredding and selling to recycling factories.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

the insecurity in our streets from unemployed youth and the levels of poverty, also the rapid growth of plastic waste in Mombasa city.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

this will enable youth to work together from different background and different regions to help realise a common goal. inter villages gang wars among youth will end since they will be working together instead of being enemies.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

the county youth gender and sports department, they will provide funds for startup and aid in monitoring and evaluation for the succesful running of the project.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

our community has a surplus of young people ready to work and make our city clean, it is upto us to create this chance for them to do so.

Geographic Focus

East Africa, Kenya, Mombasa.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

24 Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Photo of Lara Hager
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Dear Abubakar,
Very important issue you are working on! It is very relevant and in the news where I live (Netherlands). Are you aware of the EU's plans to ban plastic, a great step forward? Check out: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/eu-weighs-ban-single-use-plastics-these-european-countries-are-moving-ahead

Good luck with the project!
Best wishes,
Lara

Photo of abubakar Mbarak
Team

Thank you alot Lara,
It is a relevant topic in Kenya also, our government recently banned the use of plastic bags(polyethene) and it has been so hard adjusting to the new reality. But we can agree this is the best way to move forward regarding environmental conservation.
My team and I are now working towards recycling of PET plastic bottles to help achieve the same environmental impact.
Thank you for sharing that with me and thank you again for the motivation and support.
i have had a look at the link you sent and yes, that is a great step forward. let us all strive towards conserving our environment.

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