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Plastic Waste for Paver and Tile

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The idea is about protecting the environment where our enterprise is trying to engage, mobilize and sensitizing the community firstly, to understand the hazards that result from wastes. Through this we have tried to involve and engage youth to collect plastic waste (polythene, plastic bottles) to recycle and turn them into pavers and tiles to work as building materials that can be used to lay tarmac in homes, parking lots and other business centers or places. It has to our notice that people/community burn these wastes and/or neglect of plastic and waste management, ending up into bigger waters. The project is trying to reduce the volumes of waste products that are damped in every place causing environmental degradation, health hazards and change of climate. Municipalities, households, business centers, shops and market vendors have for years complained about waste materials and an alternative to help solve this problem was still lacking. We want to help and bridge the problem by transforming plastic into useful material through waste management; foremost to save our planet and human life. People who reside nearby swamps, rivers and lakes always dump waste into them causing a lot of creatures like fish to die young, animals like cows and goats similarly eat these plastic bags and eventually die. A few days ago, news by Yahoo showed that a Whale found dead after eating over 80 plastic bags; this indicates that the lives of such creatures and more others are in danger, as a consequence this also affect human life; because millions of plastics produced every day, every months and year are dumped into the greater waters; making the wastes a global challenge.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our direct and indirect beneficiaries are people of all ages including children of 0-17 years and adults of 18-93 years; these include children in schools, at home, business people, companies and street vendors who work in places where waste materials are damped and eventually causing harm to their lives, the environment and changing of climate. Among the direct beneficiaries are young people ages 15-30 who the project will equip with innovation skills to become entrepreneurs and innovators thus making them self-reliant by forming them in working clusters that engages them in direct production and sales agents. The project is also directly targeting building contractors and middle class and companies or enterprises that search for these products to make their living environment well designed and better to live in.

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

The difference lies in the combination of purely neglected wastes that include plastic bottles, polythene or plastic bags from which NFLUCO Youth Build change into pavers and tiles; unlike other competitors whose production is made out of sawdust and other artificial material. The organization a team of young with expertise in technical skills and waste management, and also working with other stakeholders would really make NFLUCO a centre for excellence and is in a good position to make this project a success. The idea is environmentally friendly initiative working tirelessly towards conserving the degraded environment, providing skills and employment to young entrepreneurs; improve sanitation in homesteads, in places of work in urban towns and cities, industrial areas, reducing polluting lakes, rivers and wetlands. I believe our approach will be successful basing on the following factors;- By-products are easily accessible and cheaper to collect; eengages stakeholders to take part.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • 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)

Founded in 2010, Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust (AIDEST) is an all-youth based support organization in Uganda. Thereafter NFLUCO Youth Build (NYB) was born and incorporated in 2015 to promote innovation technologies, energy and conservation of natural resources. NYB increases youth production skills in order to enhance their employable opportunities in the labour market, thus helping the young workforce in Uganda to be given the opportunity to build their capacity for work.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

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

It was June 2017, that the idea of transforming plastic waste was developed in me. It was realized that volumes of wastes were damped everywhere and had reached time to put them into useful material(s). Many people in places of work including large and smallholder farmers had also observed that plastics and polythene was damaging the environment especially fertile soils that their production was minimal, experienced over-drainage, floods, poor living environment and people in slum areas.

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

NFLUCO Youth Build enterprise is concerned about the Planet and Prosperity of the people; where the target community accepted the idea of reducing plastic materials heaped in their premises or at their disposal including bottles and polythene, that has really made an impact on their lives, the climate and causing soil erosion, pushed into reserved natural resources and places like swampy areas and wetlands and eventually injuring the agricultural sector and farming communities. These efforts require a collective responsibility by involving all stakeholders to participate, since I have realized it to be a world’s threatening crisis, putting the masses and the planet into a serious situation. The weakness, lack of motivation and capacity building that could have been geared by our politicians at the district council(s) levels has also made the programme failing to prosper; these are policy makers who would have contributed in laying policies and sensitizing people within urban settings.

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

Partners to get involved include NAMFLUX Contracting Company Ltd– Specialist in solar, electrical and construction services. Brick To Housing Pioneer Women Project – Women enterprises and empowerment. Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust (AIDEST). This partnership will help the progress of the project and scaling of the idea.

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

Waste management committees known as the ‘’enkiiko’’ in Luganda African dialect are been formed; these will strongly be the platform to help the idea/project to succeed. The enkiiko will help us mobilize youth and building capacity to call upon young people to be agents of change in making our environment better to live in; and the enterprise to prosper. The community where we are fostering the idea to start from has many youth, and are the primary beneficiaries we are targeting.

Geographic Focus

Mukono District of Central Uganda in East Africa.

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

The project idea requires 12 months of development; to enable it create more impact on the target groups and the environment effect for better. In the following months / years we plan to work on its scalability and business stability.

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

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

Since last year, our enterprise has done more on sensitizing the community, by encouraging people in homes and shop attendants in places of work to foster waste management and keeping their environment(s) clean, and reducing damping of waste wherever they want. However, the project idea has grown on a low speed, due to lack of resources like paver machine, recycling machines and limited expertise in terms of human resource among the target groups. Since we want the idea to grow alongside innovation technologies, the project is interlinked with environmental protection, climate change and management and conservation of resources, recycling raw materials into useful things, training of youth thereby giving it a form of social and economic venture. The enterprise has so far recycled some plastic pavers that are being used and recommended by local constructors since 2017. The enterprise still requires recycling machines, paver machines, molds among other requirements; whereby the demand for the product is high we may fail to reach this goal.
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NFLUCO Youth Build increases youth production skills in order to enhance their employable opportunities in the labour market, thus helping the young workforce in Uganda to be given the opportunity to build their capacity for work


Meddie a Technical personnel who is heading the innovation and fabrication team is showing a concrete paver produced recycled from a mix of plastic bottles and polythene.


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@Ashley Tillman. Thank you for the work at OPENIDEO. I and team still have pending questions, not yet responded to? How isabout the progress of our IDEA: ‘’Plastic Waste for Paver and Tile’’

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