Benin Community turns Waste into Gold Mine

Benin Community turns Waste into Gold Mine

Garbage has turned into gold. People of the Houegbo village of Benin, West Africa are now able to utilize waste into biogas fuel. Benin is the fourth largest exporter of pineapples in Africa. Mark Giannelli, the founder of ReBin, noticed the massive amounts of pineapple skins that were thrown away into waste and he had the idea of the waste treatment. An opportunity to change the living standard and meet monetary needs as well as contribute to nature by the recycling method was no less than a gold mine.

Rising Biogas Production from Waste prevents Deforestation

A Switzerland-based foundation focusing on sustainable development through waste recycling has built 1.3 hectare facility that turns organic waste into biogas fuel. In a rural region where electricity is scarce, the fuel produced has become a precious commodity. It has also proved to be an excellent substitute for charcoal in cooking. Six tons of organic waste are collected every week to produce 200 cubic meters of biogas, which saves more than 164 tons of wood previously used to make cooking fuel.

The center for sustainable development was opened in the year 2017. Following the success story in Houegbo village the center is planning to produce around 400 tons of organic fertilizer every year. Till date, about 100 household in the area have signed up for the scheme for depositing their waste on a daily basis at the Center Every 10 kilograms of waste collects 250 CFA francs which is paid to the people either by credit to buy biogas or in cash.

Non-Government Helping Hands Contributing toward Renewed Future

People are more than happy to switch to biogas from charcoal. Charcoal darkens the pots and the smoke is nauseating, while biogas is much efficient for cooking and cleaner. In addition to collecting household waste, Astome, a local non-government organization, also collects rubbish. It is rightly said,” There is no such thing as ‘away’, when we throw anything away it must go somewhere”. The people of Houegbo village have proved it right.

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