From trash to treasure: the Nigerians recycling waste into wealth
Photography that portrays how waste is being used to transform the environment
Ibadan, Nigeria | 5 January 2021 – 18 March 2021
On March 18, the world celebrates Global Recycling Day with the theme #RecyclingHeroes to draw attention to “the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all”.
In Nigeria, “wastepreneurs” are providing an answer to this by taking waste straight from the dump, transforming it and redefining its purpose. These innovators work with different materials – water sachets, scrap metal, bottles, plastic, tyres and more – with many of them learning on the job, how to manipulate these objects, to make “beauty out of ashes”. These entrepreneurs ask: “If you can recycle it, why waste it?”
In this piece, I chronicled six wastepreneurs, drawing attention to their work and our environment.
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