Recycling and upcycling plastic and cleaning rivers in Kinshasa
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT BISO PLASTIQUE?
Kinshasa is growing very fast. It is the third largest city in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. It is estimated that its 17 million inhabitants produce around 9,000 tons of garbage a day. The Congolese capital does not have a functioning garbage collection system. Consequences for the health of the "Kinois" are catastrophic.
Therefor Oyo Projects joined the „Precious Plastic community in 2019. Precious Plastic is a combination of people, machines, platforms and knowledge to create an alternative global recycling system as an open source project. A Precious Plastic workspace is where plastic gets transformed from waste into valuable raw materials or products.
Under the leadership of Mouhamad Tshimbalanga, we established the first Precious Plastic Workshop in Kinshasa in 2019. There are now two machines for recycling and upcycling plastic. Together with a group of youths of Oyo Projects Mouhamad is since than recycling plastic from different rivers of the city of Kinshasa. "Out of the plastic we're creating small objetcs and toys. For us, waste is not worthless we do everything in our power to recognize the value of waste and to use it“ says Mouhamad Tshimbalanga.
With your help we would like to collect ca. 1200 kg of plastic in 6 months. The collected plastic is then transformed to toys and small objects. The upcycled products we are going to donate together with Oyo Projects to children from the military camps in Kinshasa that don't have means to buy toys to play with. In addition to that, the activity will create jobs for 3 young adults that have participated in other activities of Oyo Projects, that are currently homeless and unemployed and are also coming from different military camps in Kinshasa.
How does it work?
1. Collect and clean the plastic
2. Shredder the plastic
The Shredder cuts plastic items into small flakes ready to be turned into new things by the other machines.
3. Compression: Plastic is heated inside the oven and slowly pressed into a mould
4. Distribute lovely toys :)
Intended period for the realisation of the project:
July 2021 – January 2022