Developmental Association of Renewable Energies (DARE) has constructed a Plastic Bottle House with 14,800 bottles in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen who visited the site at Ungwar Yelwa along Kaduna-Zaria Road, Director of DARE, Engr. Yahaya Ahmed said the house was part of the group’s efforts to encourage recycling of waste materials, create jobs, and ensure a safer environment for all.
He added that the house was built with waste plastic bottles that littered the streets, pond, gutters, and river banks, noting that its the cheapest kind of conducive house that can be built.
The Environmentalist and Climate Change expert noted however that the 3 rooms house had 1 toilet, 1 kitchen and could last for hundreds of years irrespective of the ecological challenges as a result of its thickness and strength and was also resistant to fire, bullet, earthquake as well as other climatic challenges.
According to Engr. Ahmed, there is the need to train more Nigerians on how to work with this idea towards constructing more plastic bottled houses across Nigeria to save costs especially for low-income earners, and to rid the environment of littering plastic bottles.
Assistant Director, African Climate reporters, Dr. Piman Hoffman added that millions of plastic bottles were discarded every day with most making their way to landfills and ocean in most poorer countries without being converted into productive use.
Mr. Hoffman said waste plastics had posed a big threat to the existence of all living organisms including humans and animals, explaining that more aquatic animals are now endangered species due to human irrational activities of dumping plastic bottles into rivers and streams.
The Environmentalists and Climate change group called on the government to support renewable energy companies to save the nation from the increasing threat of waste pollution through waste management plans policy.