To us at the AMWN, recycling is not just a matter of recovering recyclable material, it’s a total economic system: it’s a way in which we can contribute towards the creation of the circular economy where communities collect, recycle and reuse products they purchased. Through recycling, we believe it’s possible to turn Africa’s plastic pollution into cash by creating sustainable, scientific-based and well engineered industries that can create not just jobs and income opportunities for the urban poor, while reducing negative environmental impacts.
In the long term, we believe the success of recycling and its value will not be based on how much landfill space is saved, but on whether or not recycling makes economic sense and contributes to the well-being of the people by reducing poverty and unemployment and creating sustainable economies. We will tackle enterprise development through three primary means:
Small business start-up programmes
Namhla Mbunge, who heads up Enterprise Development at SST, was interviewed at the AMWN Communications and Networking Conference held in Port Elizabeth in October 2018. The AMWN is a project of SST.