‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACRP) are taking this saying to a whole other level. The plant manages more than 2500 tonnes of waste in the capital where they literally take your garbage sort through it, repackage it and sell it back to you.
This is a huge deal because Africa is the cradle of life, and we cannot afford to be the cradle of death either.
Whether we’d like to admit it or not the waste in our lives contributes to the destruction of Mother Nature, and unlike our own mothers, Mother Nature is not that forgiving. In Africa where waste is usually disposed of by way of burning, which in turn contributes to the air pollution levels rising. Rising air pollution levels are not good for anybody. The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant is meeting this problem head on by manually (using human labour) and technically (being aided by use of machines) sorting through our rubbish. They remove the materials – such as plastic bottles, plastic paper bags etc- that cannot decompose and make sure that these materials are put to better use rather than the continual destruction of our planet.
ACRP is an important example for entrepreneurs, environmentalists and economists all the same. For entrepreneurs simply because of the fact that they have found an amazing innovative service where the main product can be located in everyone’s home, as well as all the benefits it brings to the society. Entrepreneurs all over the world and not just Africa should learn from the lessons that are being taught by ARCP. For economists it’s pretty simple, anything that aids with the reduction of environmental degradation is something that benefits the economy. If all economists begin to see this, the sky is the limit for the already booming economy of Africa. Above all it inspires us not to forget where we come from, we would be nothing without the land that we live on. Why not help to keep that land healthy?