For all of the terrifying figures shown about the plastic waste crisis, an example like Rwanda is often overlooked. This unassuming Central African country has been reducing plastic usage since 2008 with strict laws that even prevent tourists from bringing plastic into the country. In 2019, the government became one of the first in the world to begin fully phasing out single-use plastics.
Rwanda is a small country with a population of less than 15 million citizens. The efforts it has taken to reduce plastic usage within its borders are amongst the most impressive in the world. Recently, Rwanda has even turned plastic waste reduction into a source of revenues for its citizens. COPED is a waste management and collection company that operates within Rwanda that is turning plastic waste into usable, everyday products like construction materials.
COPED isn’t alone either. Outside of Rwanda the push for innovative technology that reuses plastic waste is under way. Companies like Clean Vision Corp (OTC:CLNV) are turning plastic waste into reusable hydrogen fuel sources. Other waste companies like Waste Management (NYSE:WM) and European giant Veolia Environnement (OTC:VEOEY) are also getting involved. But Clean Vision, through its subsidiary Clean Seas, is helping countries around the world take collected waste plastics, and turn those into renewable energy in what is a veritable double-win for our environment.
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