Young People Without Borders (YPWB) is a charity organisation based in Sifoe village. This group of motivated people wants to tackle the growing plastic problem in Gambia. Their objective is to change the way plastic waste is treated. Together with Gamrupa vzw, we aim to create a recycling centre in Sifoe. In this centre, the people from YPWB can wash, recycle and shred the plastic waste. After this process, the recycled plastic can be transformed into useful objects using self-made machines that are easy to operate. Finally the products like plastic cups, bowls, tiles… can be sold on the market or used to improve the standard of living.
The project does not only focus on building the centre and the machines but also on teaching the locals about recycling and how to maintain the installation. Furthermore, a market analysis will assure the centre is economically viable and can eventually be expanded to boost the local economy.
Considering these different aspects, it is clear this project will be a social, economical and technical challenge.
Britt Van Ostaeyen
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