Collecting plastic waste: Cleaning the city and generating income

    | July 4, 2011

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    Waste plastic and plastic bags are a problem on the streets of many African towns and cities. Plastic bags are often used only once and then discarded. They blow around the streets and are eaten by livestock. They clog sewage systems, one of the main causes of flooding in Lomé, the capital city of Togo.

    This week’s script describes how a local NGO decided to tackle waste plastic bags. Their initiative makes the city cleaner, while providing employment.

    The script was written by Bonaventure N’Coué Mawuvi, a radio journalist and reporter from Togo. It is a prize-winning script from our recent scriptwriting competition on healthy communities. Bonaventure based the script on interviews conducted with NGO officials and with the plastic waste collectors they employ.

    Read the full script here: