Eco-bricks gain traction

2019-01-30 06:01
Photo: SuppliedUAC workers busy at the site.

Photo: SuppliedUAC workers busy at the site.

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THE Eco-Brick project is gaining momentum around communities in Umvoti and surroundings after it was officially launched last year.

According to the General Manager of Umvoti Aids Centre(UAC) Sithuthukile Mchunu, the project was initiated by Umvoti Aids Centre in partnership with Build It – Greytown and Umvoti Municipality. Mchunu said the project was accepted in high spirits by the UAC team and a plan of action was detailed. The team took to the dumpster to collect plastic bottles and plastics after it was evident that a majority of local businesses had existing plastic recycling in place.

Mchunu said: “Build It has been the driving force behind the project, printing posters and incentivising the UAC children beneficiaries to embark on this project with a reward for the most properly completed eco-bricks.

“The aim is to roll this project out to all 14 wards of Umvoti Municipalities, their communities, and schools as nature conservation of this nature can have rewarding and positive long-term impact on our society.”

The centre aims to save the environment, educate children about environmental preservation, and create of bricks that can be used in the construction of play structures, garden beds, benches for parks and gardens, boundary walls and even housing structures.

An eco-brick is made of a plastic bottle or container of some sort (including paper/laminate milk cartons) which has random plastic waste compressed inside it. Completed eco-bricks needs to weight 400g and they are stuffed so densely that they can bear the weight of a person without deformation. — Supplied.

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