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The production of valuable products and fuel from plastic waste in Africa

Authors
  • Amankwa, M. Opoku1, 2
  • Tetteh, E. Kweinor3
  • Mohale, G. Thabang1, 2
  • Dagba, G.1, 2
  • Opoku, P.1, 2
  • 1 Punjabi University, Patiala, 147002, India , Patiala (India)
  • 2 Punjabi University, Patiala, India , Patiala (India)
  • 3 Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus Block S4 Level 1, Durban, 4000, South Africa , Durban (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Discover Sustainability
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Jul 08, 2021
Volume
2
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s43621-021-00040-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Review
License
Green

Abstract

Global plastic waste generation is about 300 million metric tons annually and poses crucial health and environmental problems. Africa is the second most polluted continent in the world, with over 500 shipping containers of waste being imported every month. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report suggests that about 75% of this plastic waste ends up in landfills. However, landfills management is associated with high environmental costs and loss of energy. In addition, landfill leachates end up in water bodies, are very detrimental to human health, and poison marine ecosystems. Therefore, it is imperative to explore eco-friendly techniques to transform plastic waste into valuable products in a sustainable environment. The trade-offs of using plastic waste for road construction and as a component in cementitious composites are discussed. The challenges and benefits of producing liquid fuels from plastic waste are also addressed. The recycling of plastic waste to liquid end-products was found to be a sustainable way of helping the environment with beneficial economic impact.

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