“Thank you for giving us this wonderful day of sharing. We are optimistic this will lead to the establishment of our respective activities.” and “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this great training we had today. We have learnt a lot regarding recycling business and opportunities while spending good moments with all attendees.”
These remarks are just some reactions we received at our first workshop combining a small scale recycling machine (plastoformer) with a training workshop for the plastic recycling sector in Senegal. The workshop was executed by Rik Voerman of Plastic Fantastic, Cheryl Van Kempen of Deltares and Sophie van den Berg of WASTE on August 28 2018.
Deltares started working with Mamadou Diaw of DMS two years ago supporting him to set up his plastic recycling company producing irrigation tubes out of plastic waste. DMS was selected for the pilot project funded by VIA Water “Scaling plastic recycling businesses with a portable and affordable processing machine (plastoformer). – Pilot to test the local market for recycled products in Senegal.”
The plastoformer is an innovative small capacity recycling machine developed by Plastic Fanatastic. The cost of this machine is not very high compared to other plastic recycling equipment and therefore within the reach of small entrepreneurs in low income countries. The plastoformer can produce valuable products for the local market out of plastic waste. We combined the introduction in of the plastoformer in the Senegalese plastic recycling sector with a training workshop about plastic recycling. A demonstration of the plastoformer was part of the workshop showing possible products that can be manufactured with the plastoformer.
Mamadou, the first owner of a plastoformer in Africa: “I am very enthousiastic about the plastoformer. The training workshop was just perfect, the right people were there to bring the plastoformer to the next level. I wish that the plastoformer will be used by as many people as possible to clean up the living environment in our cities. I really feel that something special is about to happen!”
For us this was a unique opportunity to share our ideas in a local setting and to pilot the plastoformer in Africa. We would like to thank our local partner LVIA in Senegal for organizing this training workshop and we are confident this is only the start of a new boost in plastic recycling in Africa. In this way we can solve the plastic waste problem by giving the local community the tools and empowerment they need!