Have you ever asked yourself what happens to your waste once you dispose it? Recycling of waste products in Kenya is gradually coming of age through initiatives and firms that have come up with innovative ways in which waste product can be used to our benefit. TakaTaka Solutions will take you through a series of articles highlighting what good can come from recycling waste products and finally answer the question, ‘What happens to my waste? ‘This week we talk about glass bottle recycling.
People often refer to Kenya as a drinking Nation. According to a study done by the Japanese Development Agency (JICA) Nairobi produces 30,000 kgs of glass waste every day. But have you ever wondered what happens to a glass bottle once you dispose it?
As a client of TakaTaka Solutions, your waste is collected by Taka Collect and carefully sorted at a recycling point into more than 30 fractions. The sorted glass bottles are then transported to TakaTaka Solutions’ glass workshop for recycling.
This it how it works: The bottles are soaked in water to remove the label and later cut into two parts: the upper part forms the wine glass and the lower part can be transformed into either a tumbler or flower vase. The rough edges of the glass are smoothened out through grinding. A broken window frame is used to create the base of the wine glass. The rest of the bottle is now transformed into a glass tumbler or flower vase with a final touch of sandblasting that gives the glass clean finished look as shown below. You will notice that the original shape of the bottle is maintained which in turn brings out the uniqueness of the glass and makes it stand out from the rest.
Andrew Baraza, an employee at the Glass workshop, reveals that TakaTaka Solutions has provided him with an opportunity to earn a living as well as explore his talent. “I was informed that there were job vacancies for construction at TakaTaka Solutions, I quickly jumped on the opportunity as I had been unemployed for quite some time and I needed to make ends meet back at home. While I was working as a construction man, the glass making process caught my attention. I observed how it was done and wanted to know more. After the construction job was complete, I expressed my interest in glass making and I was given the opportunity to learn. After some time I mastered the craft and I was taken up as one of the workers at the workshop. I love what I do now and I am proud to be part of this solution to waste management”.
Many are times we hear a cry out by citizens of Nairobi, “Tuna Taka Solutions”, well TakaTaka Solutions have it all when it comes to waste management. Follow us for more waste management ideas and innovative ways of recycling in our next feature of the ‘What Happens to Your Waste’ Series.