Allen Kimambo is an Environmental Activist and Social Entrepreneur and founder of Zaidi Enterprises Company. The Company deals with collection of cardboard paper waste from streets, markets, factories, warehouses, ports, municipal disposal sites and offices. The papers are baled and later transported to Mufindi Paper Mill for recycling.
The project to supply cardboard paper waste to one of the largest paper factory in Tanzania and Africa was hatched in 2015 when Allen saw cardboard paper waste being cleared at the Dar es Salaam port. He says “I asked the Clearing and Forwarding Agent as to where those papers were coming from and where were they going? He replied to me that those papers were imported from Dubai by Mufindi Paper Mills for recycling. I asked myself why someone should import cardboard paper waste while we have a lot here in Tanzania” This was an opportunity eye opening. Allen embarked on a small research on the availability of cardboard paper waste in the country. He later contacted Mufindi Paper Mill to notify them that he could be their supplier. “Thanks to God that they gave me a chance to prove and I did not let them down” Says Allen.
Currently, Zaidi Company is the only local supplier trusted by Mufindi Paper Mill and has supported to grow to deliver their targeted volume of a good quality and at affordable price. “So far we have supplied more than 1.7million kilos of baled cardboard paper waste and created more than 100 jobs across the country, served energy, stopped paper landfill, paid taxes to the government and cleaned our environment.” Points out Allen.
Throughout the centuries, the clever use of natural resources and reuse of materials has been crucial to the survival and development of human civilisations, especially in times of austerity. The basic purpose of recycling is to reduce waste by transforming items which are useless in their present state (depleted, broken etc.) into new similar items by first reverting them into the original materials they are made from.
Today this process is of extreme necessity due to the pressure put on the planet’s resources by corporations and consumerist societies, often producing and consuming what can rationally be deemed unnecessary goods.
Today, through advanced technologies and intense processing, people can obtain similar products from a variety of diversely sourced materials – but that was not always the case. For instance, the scarcity of local resources and inability to mass-produce imperiously needful items such as metallic weapons has often caused populations to melt the damaged ones, along with other metallic items of all sorts, and reuse the metal towards making new weapons.
There are also records of broken glass being recycled into new glass objects in the Mediterranean area, where Turkey is today. Bronze coins are known to have been reused as well through the same method in ancient Rome and the resulting bronze turned into ornaments.
Another material subjected to a recycling process, vaguely during the same historical period, was ceramic. Metal scrapping actually continued all through the Middle Ages and pre-industrial times, when textiles were recycled as well.