Plastic waste has always been a major challenge to most governments especially in Africa. As citizens do not properly dispose this waste after usage, the waste itself gradually settles and chokes water ways, gutters and the likes. And due to the poor recycling of plastic wastes, major cities have suffered perennial floods anytime there is a heavy downpour. This problem has always been the center of media discussion whenever the rains set in and nothing meaningful comes out it.
Fortunately, Mr. Nelson Boateng has been a panacea to this annual disaster. As an Ashaiman born and raised entrepreneur, he revealed that he started working in a Chinese company at the age of 13 years. And fortunately on his part, he was employed to work under the recycling department of the company. And from there he learned how to build the machines they used in recycling the plastic waste.
After getting his experience from that company, he decided to start producing blocks from plastic waste. In his factory, he uses 70% of sand with 30% of plastic waste to produce blocks for building of houses, pavements among others. He used his produce to build a full house. As a house made of plastic it is to last for 500 years from now since plastic takes that time frame to decompose.
The young man who has employed about sixty-four people directly and over three-hundred people indirectly produces eight hundred to thousand blocks a day. He said his dream to build affordable homes to every young Ghanaian who earns between Ghc500 to Ghc1500. That is why he is moving a step further to launch his new roofing sheets which are made from plastic waste this September
Well, he does not see plastic waste problem but he finds a lot of opportunities in it as it provides employment, ensures sanitation and reduces flooding as in the case of June 3 2015 flooding in Accra. If people like this were supported, do you think we need the Chinese to construct for us?
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