Burkina Faso’s first plastic recycling centre is paving the way for a new kind of development project. This centre was the brain child of Andrea Micconi who works with the Italian NGO, LVIA (Lay Volunteers International Association). His project had two aims: first to help stop the degradation of Burkina’s environment and second is to alleviate poverty. Today this recycling centre is successfully meeting these goals – while functioning as a money earner for the country’s poorest it is also at the same time tackling environmental pollution. Furthermore, the local industry is also benefiting – the recycled plastic granules cost half the price of importing new plastic from abroad.
Here is a link short video clip (in english or in french) and an article by the world bank, In the Can: Burkina Faso Profits From Garbage, with further information about this plastic recycling centre.