Saturday Digest: Waste is Wealth
By Itoro Noah
While surfing the net this morning, I stumbled on the story of Ryan Hickman, a 7 year old entrepreneur. Little Hickman is into recycling, besides making money he’s also helping to make the environment clean and save for man, other animals and plants.
Bryan has so far recycled 538 thousand cans and bottles, that is about 98 thousand pounds and has donated to charity the sum of $8, 703. We may say that that is Bryan and that probably its because he in the US but that does not by any means mean we cannot replicate or do something even better here.
We have started well. The effort so far put by AKSEPWMA is impressive. The Akwa Ibom state Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA)led by Prince Ikim deserves our commendation. I also thank the state government for giving the establishment the necessary support. So far we have fared well in the aspect of waste evacuation but we really have to step further into other aspects of waste management, most especially, recycling.
Waste recycling is an industry on its own. If properly managed, the financial burden and even work force so far invested by the state government in our waste management board will be drastically reduced. Given proper management, the state and of course individuals can be making money from wastes in the state. Government has a duty of ensuring our environment is free from waste pollution but that cannot be sustainable if the financial burden at all times is on the state government. It is not even enough to tax residents. Wastes must be converted to wealth!
To my knowledgeable, the viable model at the moment is monetising waste. If the government or individuals invest in recycling plants, waste could be converted to economic resources. We may not even need to be paying people at the long run to clean the streets of certain wastes as persons would on their own be scavenging on their own to earn a living. Its all about putting everything in place.
Wastes will be with us as long as we live in this planet. Most waste products are renewable. We need to embrace economical way of proper management. A management system that will not only keep our state clean but is self sustaining, create employment and generate revenue for the state.
Waste is wealth!