Waste or Wealth: Depends on Who You Ask [Converting Waste to Wealth]

Converting Waste to Wealth

Converting Waste to Wealth

Now more than ever, there’s a whole lot of waste being generated in every corner of the earth on a daily basis from household wastes to industrial wastes, medical wastes, chemical wastes, and even agricultural waste. Due to the increasing chemical complexity of most of the waste materials, it could take thousands of years to decompose even after they have been buried, thereby leading to environmental degradation and global warming. The waste management industry is presently in the frontline on the fight to protect our environment from hazardous substances.

Waste management is not a business that most people, especially those of our generation, would readily go into because of the filth and the prevalent social taboo involved and that is why it continues to be a huge money maker for the very few people that decide to brave it.

It’s possible to turn trash to treasure with the revenue opportunities available in solid waste.

My focus for now is on recycling owing to the fact that it is a practice that can be carried out by every Eze, Musa and Segun, both large-scale and small-scale.

Here are some simple, yet effective ways which one earns from recycling:

Waste Collection Center

If you cannot afford a garbage truck, you could set up a place where people can come and dump their garbage for a fee and then you will hire a garbage truck to collect all the dumped waste and transfer them to a proper dumpsite. This would be most welcomed in areas that experience epileptic waste collection and resultant litter of waste pile all over the environment.

Scrap Metal Depot

Metals are one of the hottest items that can be recycled. Waste metals can be made into a lot of other things. You can go around collecting metal scraps or have people who collect them sell to you in large quantities while you resell them to companies who produce nails, roofing sheets, pots, cutleries etc.

Recycling of Electronic Waste

You could also start a business of collecting electronic wastes like bad televisions, radios, old computers, discarded cell phones etc. These items can either be sold to manufacturers for refurbishing and resale or to spare part dealers who would remove some of the useful parts and resell them.

Rubber Waste Recycling

Rubber is never a waste material. Why? Because rubber can always be melted and transformed into something else; so you can go around picking up all the discarded rubber shoe sand slippers, buckets, jerry cans and several other rubber wastes that people throw away because they consider them useless.

Companies that make tires like Dunlop or plastic chairs would be glad to buy them from you.

Add the fact that rubber/plastic is very resistant to decay and thus remains in the environment for lengthy time periods; you would be doing your part in helping to fight against environmental degradation, and be getting cash for it. (This is termed Social Entrepreneurship)

So, what’s really left as trash?

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Onyedika Onwuzu

Onyedika is a student of environmental management at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and have interest in sustainable development of the environment.

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