Gongolamboto-Ilala, Dar es salaam
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Globally 90% of plastic generated remains unrecycled, 01% disappears as micro-particles during our day-to-day activities and only 0.9% is recycled. In our country, Tanzania’s biggest city is Dar es Salaam which has a serious waste problem. It has been ranked as one of the filthiest cities in the world by various rankings (Forbes, NYC Partnership Consulting). The city produces an estimated 3,000 tons of waste per day of which only 40% actually ends up in the designated landfill the rest is either burned or illegally dumped. The rivers are crowded with waste until the rains come, where the waste exacerbates the cities poor drainage and causes flooding. PREYO is Tanzania’s youth startup aiming to reduce the plastic pollution problem in Tanzania and Africa at large. We are driven by the urge to end the waste pollution problems in our cities by turning waste into valuable commodities. We have managed to reap the benefit out of waste by turning them into refillable block pavement (building materials), home decoration (flowers), and furniture. PREYO's mission is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Through PREYO the problem of plastic waste will be dealt with effectively as being used as raw materials that will leave the environment and atmosphere out of pollution. This will have immediate impacts as it will improve agricultural production, infrastructure protection, and scaling down of pandemic diseases caused by water contamination (resulted from blockage of water passage). Economically we will add value to plastic products and plastic trash where after installation of the plastic recycling industry where more than 2,000 workers will be employed thus are waste pickers and industry workers. We are collaborating to attain global Sustainable Development Goal SDG13 (Climate Action) by avoiding incineration, SDG9 (industry, innovation, and Infrastructure), SDG15 (life on land), and SDG17 (partnership to achieve the goal). We believe that youth will lead in the initiatives of restoration and protection of the environment and that drove us to invest much of our efforts in the formation of youth-led environmental clubs. We have partnered with Institutes like Jane Goodall to establish 300 environment clubs in primary schools. We also target to form environmental clubs in secondary schools and higher learning institutions.