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[Ambassador report] (Free report) Plastics transformation into tiles and pavers

by Kevin RUSAGARA IRAGUHA | 19-01-2021 01:58 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Rwanda mostly known as the land of a thousand hills residing in the great lakes rift valley has recently banned the use of single use plastics, may it be any kind of plastic that has a guarantee of only being used once and then can't be recycled. Rwanda has banned that.

After banning the production and importation of single used plastics in the country, a local firm in Rwanda came up with a plan of transforming  harmful plastics into construction materials for the sake of the environment laws and other tough laws on the use of plastic and waste management.

In Rwanda, an individual caught dumping wastes in public space was charged a fine of 50,000 Rwandan Francs and also 5 Million Rwandan Francs for an industry not capable of adapting to the proper waste management.

These were really tough laws, and to help other companies to cope with these tough laws, one company named COPED developed this plan of recycling these plastic wastes. 

And also to overcome some different environmental problems caused by plastics especially plastic bottles, this local firm in Rwanda came up with a plan of making tiles and paves from harmful wastes such as plastic bottles.
In their process, they firstly had to know where to collect these plastic wastes, and they collected them and they also went to deal on how to manufacture these tiles from these plastics which needed a machine and this machine was roughly worth $2 Million. And after buying it then the production process started.

They used plastic bottles which are collected from different beverage companies and they could turn them into floor tiles, roof tiles and paves of different shapes, whereby they also had a plan of recycling plastic bottles into new bottles but with greater standards.

But not only these plastic bottles can be recycled, but other plastic pipes, plastic jugs, plastic Jerry cans and other plastic basins, etc. These also can be recycled and this machine is helping in all this just only that the e-wastes can't be recycled by this but also there are other different companies in Rwanda including wastezon that are also dealing with the recycling of e-wastes.

This firm is really doing a great and promising work, that even in some months to come, the amount of dumped garbage will have to reduce as long as this recycling is instilled and hardened. then vast quantities of garbage will now be nowhere to be found.

And this will also be contributing to Rwanda's aim of at least reducing the gas emissions by 16% in 2030, because a proper waste management plan always contribute to the positivism of climate change issues and ensure also the clean air by reducing the amount of carbon emissions.

Thank you, this was all about the recycling of plastic bottles into useful construction materials such as tiles and paves, which later on also helps in the positivism of climate change in Rwanda.

Green cheers!!!


Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Kevin
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-02-2021 14:40

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Kevin!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Thank you for introducing Rwanda's efforts to recycle plastic.
    When burning or boiling plastic, toxic gas can occur, so I wonder how COPED solved this problem.
    Plastic bottles, plastic pipes, plastic jugs, plastic Jerry cans and other plastic basins are made of all other kind of material so I would like you to explain if it can be made into a single product through the recycling process.
    If the recycled tiles made are recyclable again after the expiration date, we will know what true sustainability is.
    It would be better to introduce the system for collecting plastic waste as a report later on.
    Keep writing!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 24-01-2021 22:08

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Kevin,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Thank you for sharing such an interesting report about plastic upcycling process.
    I am glad to know that Rwanda is investing money and putting so much effort in order to recycle and reuse the plastic waste,
    and convert them into new useful materials.
    Also, I am surprised by the high fine charged to the individual who dumped wastes in public space!
    Here in South Korea, we do not have trash bins along the street, and only some in the public spaces such as parks,
    which I think it makes people to dump trash anywhere they want, which is obviously an illegal action.
    Hopefully Rwanda successfully accomplishes the aim by 2030, and in the global level as well.

    Green cheers!


    Posted 21-01-2021 22:36

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Kevin

    Thanks for Sharing such an great report .
    reusing of plastics in such constuction of tiles is really great .
    we all must adopt such type of act.

    Keep Sharing

    warm Regards , Shobha
    Posted 19-01-2021 13:08

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