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Meet the Woman Behind the Largest Waste Management Company in West Africa

There’s a huge issue with waste management in Africa. The continent alone produces about 550 million tonnes of plastic waste with the major contributions coming from the countries of Egypt, Nigeria, and the South African region. They rank seventh, ninth, and eleventh on the list of 20 major polluters, reports Face2Face Africa. While several attempts have been made by African leaders to tackle plastic waste, they have all come up short. In Ghana, for example, attempts to ban plastic bags were met with huge resistance much like in Nigeria and Kenya. Nigeria native, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is on a mission to continue the fight against plastic waste by establishing recycling plants. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola returned to her home after 13 years in the U.S. to venture into plastic waste management. In 2012, she founded WeCyclers, after learning more about the issues of waste as a problem in Africa during her MIT days. She...

Shanique Yates

Mar 24, 2021