As consumer attitudes towards our responsibility to the planet are changing, smarter materials offer a way forward and Ecopost is leading the way.
Most developing countries face the triple challenge of:
1. Managing the ever-growing streams of waste due to rapid urbanization.
2. Creating sustainable jobs for rising numbers of youth population.
3. Conserving our forests in line with the new SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
In Africa we generate over 70 million metric tons of municipal solid waste of which approx. 20% is plastic. The World Bank estimates that this is set to double by the year 2025 owing to rapid urbanization and industrialization.
We’ve also destroyed some 11.3 million hectares of forest land, largely due to human activities. Some 10 million young and educated Africans graduate from our 660+ colleges & universities every year with limited employment prospects.
Last but not least our smallholder farmers, who account for over 70% of our agricultural output, languish in poverty yet sit on billions of tons of agricultural waste that they can sell for an income for use in generating energy and manufacturing sustainable building materials.
Ecopost Plastic lumbers is used as replacement for wood lumber applications, For outdoor applications where weather resistance and low maintenance are required; the range of products are for fencing applications, road signage, home garden, WPC outdoor lights, WPC outdoor bench & tables, Gate boards and pergola. All Used in both residential and commercial applications and will outlast timber in performance in the worst environmental conditions.
Our customers include Farmers, Home-owners, Municipal parks, Real Estate developers, School / Universities, Sports venues, Eco-tourism hotels and Green focused NGOs among a couple more.
Across the developing world, millions of companies, households and farms are creating trash, including plastics, agricultural by-products, food waste, cardboard and various other materials. Most of this is crudely dumped on road sides, water bodies or burnt in open fields creating pollution. This is compounded by inadequate policing of rules, economic pressures, reluctant administrators, corruption and absence of viable recycling and disposal options.
Ecopost is an integrated waste management company and social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya. We utilise waste plastic and agricultural waste as a resource to manufacture sustainable materials for the building, construction and transport industries.
We’ve developed and use an innovative cloud based waste management app suited for future smart cities to manage and pay for waste/raw material collections.
We employ a point based reward system for suppliers and a micro-franchise model for the agents and similar to that used by mobile money agents in Kenya. The agents receive the waste and measure the weight (kgs) and moisture content (%) and log the info into the app. The supplier then receives a text message confirmation of the delivery and points based on the prevalent market value of the waste delivered. Clients can then redeem these points for airtime, shopping vouchers or mobile money.
Agricultural waste is sourced from Keringet, Olenguruon, Ngata, Githima, Mwea, Kiambu and Naivasha. Examples include rice husks, wheat bran, sawdust, coffee husks.
With the total volume of waste generated globally expected to increase by nearly 50% over the next decade, the adoption of innovative technologies will result in more integrated waste management solutions that move beyond the traditional use of labor, diesel trucks and conventional landfills.
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