“Home to a number of the poorest countries in the world, it is no surprise that Africa is the second most polluted continent on the planet. African Impact has been working here for the past 15 years and has seen the devastating impact that plastic, litter and other waste has on the communities and wildlife initiatives we support.
FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION AND WASTE IN AFRICA:
- Just 10 rivers across Africa and Asia carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in our oceans
- Along the South African coast, there are over 3,000 plastic particles every square kilometer
- Over 1 million tons of plastic are thrown away in South Africa every year
- Approximately 500 shipping containers of waste is dumped in Africa every month
- In the last study, only 10% of all trash produced in Africa was recycled
- An immeasurable number of towns across the continent have no official waste collection service, meaning there is nowhere for litter to go
Despite the shocking statistics, many African nations are actually at the forefront of the fight against plastic. Countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Morocco have now banned plastic bags entirely, while South Africa enforces high fees for the purchase of a plastic bag in supermarkets. Africa has the potential to leapfrog the traditional cycle of waste-collect-dispose, and create a circular economy with creative solutions to reuse-repurpose-recycle.
We’re excited to be here on the frontline.
AFRICAN IMPACT’S PLASTIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE
African Impact’s plastic and environmental sustainability initiative is working to reduce the impact of plastic and waste on people, the environment, and wildlife in Africa. Across two locations in South Africa and Zambia, we are connecting fiercely passionate international volunteers and interns with driven, motivated local communities, who are then able to work together to solve one of our planet’s most pressing issues; plastic and waste.
In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 13, 14, and 15, this initiative champions locally-led solutions, with a focus on; the prevention of waste, direct clean-up action, and exploring creative opportunities for reusing, repurposing and recycling plastics.