…Recycler pushes for waste utilisation
Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
Poor waste management has been one of the greatest challenges in most developing countries including Zimbabwe.
Towns and cities in developing countries have experienced population explosions due to natural increase and rural-urban migration.
Urbanisation and modernisation have also led to the increase of the amount and complexity of the waste being generated where local authorities responsible for proper waste management are faced with various problems.
The problems include financial constraints, absence of the required professional personnel as well as poor public awareness on the dangers of poor waste management and the absence of properly engineered landfills.
Recycling companies, City of Harare, EMA and other waste management authorities have been trying to find solutions to deal with waste management.
But in Mabvuku, there is Kenneth Tinotenda Gwangure, who uses waste to do home and office crafts accessories including sofas, kitchen property as well as building houses using pet bottles.
“It’s about transforming waste to useful products and now I want to start a campaign called the Green Age Life. You may ask what this Idea consists of; it’s from the love that I have for the future and the planet.
“As humans we have created materials that are non-biodegradable and harmful to other creatures thereby shredding their existence.
“And good news is I have found the solution to the problem by recycling and reusing waste materials.
“Like now, plenty of Zimbabweans and people in the world at large are homeless, some are living in substandard homes. There are a lot of communities without schools and hospitals, some have been displaced due to flooding threats. But with eco bricks these problems can be tackled,” said Kenneth.
He said he looks forward to building eco-friendly structures that are affordable.
“This will cost people less to get a standard home as well as providing jobs to the community.
“Let’s say this structure has been demolished, you cannot lose any brick meaning you can take it and build another house on another location.
“These bricks are stronger than our normal bricks as well as fire resistant, bullet proof and can resist earthquakes.
“It can live more than 700 years.”
To date, Kenneth has travelled beyond borders constructing structures using plastics.
“Up to date I have done 4 structures using pet bottles, and different types of furniture and craft. It’s all from waste. Everything I do is from waste
“I started crafts in 2019 on a small scale product and eco-friendly structures this year 2020. And I’m looking forward to doing more as we are in a crucial time as a nation.
“This contributes to mindset shifting, job opportunities, this is a stress buster and in Mozambique I built 4 Eco brick houses.
“I have also done home and office crafts in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“In Zimbabwe I built one water tank using these pet bottles and now I want to build another eco-friendly office in Mabvuku.
“I built a water tank in Guruve,” said Kenneth.
The crafts man believes waste is wealth.
“For now I was doing it alone but I am looking forward to engaging more but in Mabvuku I’m doing it for SHEQ Ambassadors it’s an organization.
“To me waste is wealth because anybody who is jobless right now during this hard time can make money out of waste through making crafts, building, as well as doing landscapes for example when I pick bottles from the waste I clean it and decorate it which is value addition.
“So it has got a higher price than when it was garbage, it was useless.
“You can make bins and furniture using old tyres, so there is no reason to blame anyone because of our failures. If we can’t act now to fix our problems nobody can. We are the change makers and pioneers of our own generation.”
Kenneth urged Zimbabweans to unite for proper waste management.
“Let’s unite and bring change to our life and nation at large through waste management as well as protecting our environment, wild life, about 50 years we have lost almost half of the wild life.
“This cannot require any skills and it’s cheap and affordable.
“I just think some waste products need investment of humans’ time to make more money.”