Kenya is the home to fair numbers of sea turtles which are threatened by the tons of plastic trash and debris which washes into the sea.
But not if Sam Ngumba Ngaruiya succeeds.
Samuel quickly recognized the overwhelming litter problem in Kenya. Everywhere you look in areas where people live, there is rubbish by the sides of the street, around people’s homes, in school playgrounds, in bushes and trees, in rivers, in the sea and on the beaches.
He and his people gather up and recycle the ubiquitous plastic pollution into construction materials.
“Basically we are substituting plastic for cement,” explained Ngaruiya in an interview with Reuters. The US-trained engineer went on to explain that when the melted plastic cools, it absorbs and “squeezes” the sand, creating a compact and rather strong building material.
The idea is simple: pay locals to gather up plastic debris and pollution, and then repurpose it into useful construction materials (fence poles, roof tiles, road signs, flooring, containers, etc.).