In Uganda alone, over 51% of the 600 tons of plastics generated every day remain uncollected, thus ending into drainage channels, rivers, and oceans.
The Ugandan startup Ecoplastile founded in 2019 has developed a locally produced alternative to imported tiles, timbers, and roofing tiles. These alternative products are made of 100% recycled plastic waste, glass, agricultural residues and sand, and are thereby durable, environmentally sustainable and affordable.
The company has developed an innovative, chemical free, and energy conserving plastic extrusion technology, which converts more than 7 different types of plastics into timber saving roofing tiles and other building materials with high market demand by the construction industry.
Ecoplastile aims to build waste-free communities and create affordable housing by incentivizing recycling, reducing the impact of climate change, and creating opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged communities. The company also provides direct and indirect green employment opportunities to informal waste pickers who are the key suppliers of their input material.
Waste collection is organized through WasteInsure, a program and mobile app that allows slum dwellers, businesses and other communities to exchange waste as a form of financial resource for insurance points.
RECYCLING PLASTIC I BUILDING MATERIALS