Plastic waste disposal is becoming a major problem all over the world, with thousands of tons of non-biodegradable trash flowing out of our towns and cities into the wilderness, rivers and oceans. By 2050, there may be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. This problem is particularly prevalent in developing nations where waste management systems and infrastructure are seldom up to the task of effectively collecting and recycling refuse.
In 2018, African Impact launched a plastic and environmental sustainability initiative that 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, they 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.
African Impact's Top Environmental and Construction Volunteer Programs
- Ecobricking and Plastic Recycling Project, Victoria Falls - Zambia: Get involved in clean-ups and plastic recycling opportunities, while using bricks made from recycled plastic bottles (and other waste products) to build infrastructure
- Plastic Upcycling and Education Project, Zululand – South Africa: Teach the local community about litter and waste, as well as find creative ways to help individuals earn an income from upcycling discarded plastics
- Environmental Sustainability Internship, Victoria Falls – Zambia: Help devise ways to educate Zambian residents about the importance of effective waste management and come up with strategies to recycle plastic waste using eco-friendly building methods