Building Classrooms with Recycled Plastic

A factory located in Ivory Coast is using plastic to build classrooms.  The factory’s goal is to provide 500 classrooms by 2021. This should help West Africa’s current problem of having excess plastic and few schools.

Year after year, tons of plastic finds its way into landfills and oceans.  It’s been estimated that only a measly 5% of the 100,000 tons of plastic waste produced in Abidjan every year gets recycled.

The Ivory Coast factory is attempting to use the trash for good.  Many African schools are built with mud blocks that eventually erode, so the factory is making new classrooms with bricks made of plastic.  These classrooms will be longer-lasting than mud-brick buildings.

After collecting the trash, the factory melts and molds the plastic into waterproof, fire-resistant bricks.  These bricks cost 40% less to produce and weigh 20% less than other building materials.

If the factory continues this project, 9,600 tonnes of plastic will be reused for building schools.  This will help reduce unused plastic while providing students with more classrooms.

As already mentioned, about 500 classrooms will be built within 2 years.  This will allow 25,000 children to pursue an education.

But those aren’t the only good results of this cause. Local women collect the trash and give it to the factory.  This job helps these women make ends meet.

The women are being given a chance to improve their lives. At the same time, more classrooms are being built, and more plastic is getting recycled.



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