ZANZIBAR - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.
In 2016, C-re-aid decided to expand its organisational scope by establishing a second office on the island of Zanzibar. Here we are focusing on developing new building techniques and materials using only discarded waste including plastic bottles, milk cartons, and glass.
THE PROBLEMATICS OF PLASTIC WASTE
96.000 Tons of waste is dumped uncontrolled every year on the island of Zanzibar. The disposal of plastic waste is an environmental concern as the world's consumption of plastic polymers in consumer goods and packaging has increased dramatically in the last decade. Throughout its entire life-cycle, plastic material affects the environment. Most of the plastics we dispose are not biodegradable and could stay in nature for years, and it also produces unhealthy smoke when burned.
Plastic recycling is one of the solutions to minimize these negative effects on nature as well as minimizing energy usage and the need for non-renewable resources. The recycling of plastics involves sorting, pretreatment, extrusion, pelleting, and manufacture processes.
Plastic recycling processes provides a living for millions of people in developing countries, either through informal activities or formal employment.