In a bid to conserve the environment, a plastic processing company-Ecoplastic has officially announced new technology that will process plastic material into wood.
The company proprietor, Wenceslas Habamungu, says that the technology is environmental friendly and it will reduce on the amount of trees and timber used in making various wood works, while recycling waste plastics.
According to Habamungu, the company has not yet started out the production of plastic material that would substitute the timber used in woodworks; however the project is a big prospectus that would complement the environment protection programs.
Habamungu says that this has been caused by a lack of funds to make a head start, and government should be able to chip in and fund the innovation so that it can work at full scale as planned.
The Minister of commerce and Industry, Francois Kanimba welcomed that projects prospectus and stated that this would be benefitial in promoting environment programs and the add to the growth of the industrial sector.
“Such innovative projects are very welcome and should be submitted to ministry for analysis, so that the ministry can come on board to support such innovative ideas” Kanimba said.
Ecoplastic was formerly known as Cooped- a garbage collecting firm, which has developed technology to recycle waste into valuable commodities. The company officials believe that waste can be a source of income and a resource to the economy rather than a problem to the society.
Though the issue of waste and garbage has not become a dangerous environmental hazard in Rwanda, currently, there are many waste recycling projects in Rwanda- which has the ability to transform non-decomposable material and waste that are dumped in many garbage sites around the country.
One of the recommendations of the government at the 2012 National Dialogue Meeting, held in December, was for the ministry of commerce and industry to promote innovative ideas and projects as a way of creating more jobs.