Saving lives with plastic waste: Ugandan company recycles plastics into PPE for hospitals
By Abiodun Ogundairo
28 December 2020 | 7:09 am
It's Christmas Day and following a year which has been harrowing for so many, we've decided to look back at the good news of 2020. We begin in Uganda, where a plastics company that specialises in recycling switched from making building materials to face shields to help hospitals. We also go to Benin, where the closure of the border with Nigeria has led to a push for more locally produced food, some of it on rooftops. And our correspondent in DR Congo looks back at how an NGO is helping Ebola survivors turn their lives around.
A business in Nigeria is recycled discarded laptops into solar lanterns - creating a solution to the country's severe power outages whilst also helping to tackle climate change.
General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, sent out a series of tweets about Kenya on October 3, in which he threatened to invade the neighbouring country. Following these "humorous" comments, a video taken out of context is circulating on Kenyan social media, in which users mock the Ugandan military. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
This process, known as fluidization is very efficient at converting food waste into high-valuable sources of energy-rich synthesis gas, a mixture of hydrogen, methane, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, also called syngas. Syngas can be used to generate heat and power.
Poland is hoping to get its first-ever nuclear power plant online by 2033 with the help of a US firm. Russian aggression has pushed forward the long-awaited plan.
Plastic waste has become a significant source of pollution in India. But the country is struggling to find an alternative to single-use plastics and establish an effective waste management system.
The German government has backed a draft law to charge companies over the sale of single-use plastic products. The plan still needs approval from lawmakers.
Major companies are falling short on their commitments to recycle and reduce plastic, a fossil fuel byproduct, even as Coca-Cola sponsors this year's climate conference.
The government has pledged billions to help hospitals face rising inflation and energy costs. It has also promised "the biggest hospital reform in 20 years" to fix the system. That is badly needed, but will it work?
In France, where 8 million people are food insecure, 10 million tonnes of food are thrown away every year. But initiatives are under way to limit food waste. In the heart of Paris's La Défense business district, the eco-conscious restaurant La Salle à Manger makes cheap meals out of leftovers from local caterers and unsold food from supermarkets.
Jerome Ngutor had trouble with a persistent stomach ache but like many Nigerians, he did not have money to see a doctor. Then he heard about a novel idea to get health insurance - collect waste material and trade it for cover.
COP27 Sponsor The Coca-Cola Company named worst plastic polluter for five years in a row according to 2022 Brand Audit. The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, and Nestlé come in as the world's top plastic polluters for five years running, according to Break Free From Plastic's latest global brand audit report.
A third of the food we produce is wasted, emitting as much as 10% of global greenhouse gases. Failed targets to reduce food waste — especially in rich nations — need to be urgently updated at COP27, says UN.
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