A Call for more robust German-African exchange in sustainability

28. August 2018

Exciting news from Vicfold Recyclers from Nigeria, the winner of the #youforG20 contest. Founder Amusa Victor attends a startup mentoring camp in Berlin.

After such a long break from sharing a blog post with readers I wish to express my profound apologies to you all for my absence in the blog space for such a long while. Its due to the enormous challenges that comes with Scale Up of Businesses.

I will however like to hit the ground running and there is no other place to define eco sustainability other than Germany itself. I am currently attending a startup mentoring camp in Berlin and I want to share the great things I have seen from my window as my aircraft descended to land at the Tegel International Airport Berlin, and the very mind-blowing culture of waste recycling I have seen young and old Germans practice.

Let’s establish an African-German eco sustainability platform

Right from the sky the beauty of renewable energy installations like solar farms and wind mills is indeed a pleasure to behold. Not to mention the consciousness of Germans to actively participate at ensuring a pollution-free society.

I must however not fail to mention the need therefore escalate an African-German eco sustainability platform to help set developing countries especially Nigeria and other sub Saharan countries on the road to robust renewable energy structures and relative environmental protection agenda. I sincerely hope to visit Germany again soon so I can have the opportunity to explore the very commendable eco sustainability space.

Alarming increase of waste worldwide

Waste generation has increased in very alarming proportions over the years as demography is an activity indicator in studies of waste management. As the population of human on earth grows the volume of waste generated also grows, the more complicated the living standards of the human population is, the more the complexity in the type of waste they generate. For example, in an agrarian community organic waste from unpreserved farm produce is expected while in the more commercial and cosmopolitan settlements inorganic waste from items meant to easy mobility and accessibility to fast moving consumer goods dominates the large chunk of waste generated.

Vicfold Recyclers: Polythene Waste Pelleting

Polythene Waste Pelleting

How do we cut down indiscriminate waste disposal?

Indiscriminate disposal of waste is really a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. It is indeed a matter of residents taking a firm stand against unwholesome waste management practices as there is no place called „away“, so the statement of waste is thrown away is shrouded in denial of fact. Indiscriminate waste disposal has grievous effects on human life, the sanctity of which cannot be trivialize in the new year and beyond. The big question, therefore, is how do we cut down on indiscriminate waste disposal?

Plastic waste recycled to pellets

The very simple answer to which is the geometric reduction in waste generated while adjusting our living pattern to favour good environmental protection practices as our environment is not just the core to healthy living, it is the bedrock of human very existence. As I conclude it is heartwarming to inform readers of this blog that Vicfold Recyclers – Nigeria has commenced full Polythene Waste Pelleting operations and has further created additional 10 jobs for women and youths in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria, while likewise intercepting over 40,000 kg of plastic waste from going to the landfills.

Amusa Temitope Victor is an Environmentalist, Social Entrepreneur, and Zero-Waste Advocate. Winner YouforG20 Competition. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Vicfold Recyclers - A Recycling Firm based in Ilorin Kwara State Nigeria, which Promotes Incentive Motivated Recycling.