Recycling is the process of converting waste objects into new materials. This big business is not yet popular in Nigeria as it is mainly done by few foreigners and multinationals.
Nigeria’s population is now 201 million, according to the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), which used the 2.6 percent annual growth rate.
The country’s citizens drink bottled water estimated at N938.6 billion annually, according to a report by Euromonitor International.
“The hot weather and poor availability of pipe-borne water in Nigeria lead to strong demand for bottled water, and this continued, despite a strong rise in unit prices caused by the higher production costs largely due to depreciation of the local currency,” said the March 2017 report.
The tendency to spend many hours in traffic in major Nigerian cities has also driven the growth of the industry.
The population of Nigeria is booming, and infrastructure and services are failing to keep up with the growth. Mismanagement of the public water system has compounded the problem, leading to warnings of a looming water crisis in Nigeria, especially Lagos.
Over 63 million Nigerians have no choice but to get water from wherever they can, while 57 million Nigerians don’t have access to safe water, according to Wateraid.
The water needs of Lagos are put at over 700 million gallons per day. The state has capacity of a little over 200 million gallons per day, but actually produces and distributes between 145 to 150 million gallons each day from its facilities, leaving a huge gap of over 500 million gallons.
But this has created enormous opportunities as water is bottled in PET bottles.
The major area of this opportunity is recycling. Hence it is now possible to recycle these bottles and even nylon into more advanced products, for industrial use.
Owing to this, few entrepreneurs have studied the business and want Nigerians to get more involved.
Sabiduria Consulting Limited and Zeugnis International Limited are organising a training session for Nigerians of all ages about the potential in PET plastic bottle and nylon recycling.
The training will take place on May 18 at Presken Hotel, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.
Luther Kington Nwobodo, a PhD student, researcher and CEO of Zeugnis International, told Start-Up Digest that after the training, Nigerians would be confident of going into the recycling business as they will understand that the business can give them over 200 percent return on investment.
“There is every need for people to attend the training, especially those that are looking for lucrative ventures to invest in,” Nwobodo said.
“The business of PET bottles recycling is very lucrative and the return on investment is huge,” he said.
He explained that anyone wishing to go into the business needs the training to avoid unnecessary waste of resources in machine sourcing and learn the differences in PET materials while having the capacity to produce the standard PET flakes,” he explained.
“There is so much to learn. The dynamics of buying PET wastes and their prices need to be learnt. I will also unveil where to supply the recycled PET both locally and internationally,” he stated.
“PET bottles are littered everywhere and I felt that someone had to find solutions with them,” he said.
“I went to a dump site, stayed there for six months, learned plastics and its different types and I was able to see the gold in it. It is a goldmine, but many people do not know,” he said.
He further stated that recycling is a going trend and the opportunity is so huge that there are only three major participants in it.
“Ninety percent of our plastics are not recycled, unlike in Sweden where 95 percent are recycled. In fact, government will even pay you to bring PET bottled in that country,” he disclosed.
He pointed out that Nigerians need to learn and re-learn about plastics as it is capable of cutting down 23.1 percent unemployment rate in the country.
He assured that participants in the training will have direct contacts of proven local and international vendors and could have access to funds/free export financing.