Nigerian engineer has built the first and biggest plastic bottle house at Yelwa village, along Zaria–Kaduna road, the Chief Executive Officer of the Developmental Association for Renewable Energy in Nigeria, Yahaya Ahmed, said.
Mr Ahmed, who spoke with select newsmen in Abuja, disclosed that the new building technique was introduced in order to save the environment against all forms of threat that is related to pollution, climate change.
The engineer noted that these plastic bottles were collated from the street sidewalks, in parks, front yards, rivers, local streams and refuse dump site.
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According to him, in every minute millions of plastic bottles are bought around the world, but lack of recycling poses a big problem to the society.
“I must confess that plastic bottles and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans and trash dump areas.
“There is need to find ways of recycling them that is why we choose to recycle them through constructing plastic houses with them in other to save the environment and the people living in the community,” Mr Ahmed stated.
He said that the house, which was constructed using plastic bottles collated from trash dump areas in the communities, was even stronger than the normal building blocks.
“The plastic bottle house can last for more than 300 years without shaking. If constructed properly, it can stand the challenge of fireproof, bulletproof, and earthquake resistant and adapt to all kind of climate change and desertification,” Mr Ahmed pointed out.
Also responding, Mohammed Sani, who is an architect and a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic, noted that all hands were on deck to build the first plastic storeyed building in Africa which would be located in Abuja.
The lecturer state that, things being equal, the building would be commissioned in the next six months.
According to him, over 1.5 million plastic bottles had been collated for the construction the aim was to bring a new design of construction to Africa, which would create job opportunities for the jobless youth.
“We want to design new houses that support the global fight against climate change and environmental degradation and we want to see young Nigerians most especially the young once learnt how to construct this type of building through collecting plastic bottles,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Director, African Climate Reporters, Piman Hoffman expressed happiness over the effort by the Nigerian engineers, noting that the huge amount of plastics in the environment constitutes harm to birds, marine animals, and fish, hence the need to encourage more Nigerian into this activities.
While appealing to environmental NGO/CSOs to support government at all cost in the fight against climate change, desertification, deforestation and environmental degradation, Mr Hoffman urged countries that are contributing in polluting the world to support the cause against environmental pollution.