By recycling plastic waste .. Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete .. Photo album

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When a Namibian Matti tosses a block of bricks hard on a corridor in the floor of a brick-clad school made of recycled plastic at its factory in the Kenyan capital, it makes a loud sound without breaking or cracking..

“Our product is 5 to 7 times stronger than concrete,” said Matti, founder of Gigi Makers, which turns plastic waste into heavy-duty building materials.“.

“This is the waste that they cannot manufacture and they cannot recycle, and it is what we get,” she added, wandering among bags of plastic waste.And Matti gets the waste from the packaging factories for free, although she pays money for what she gets from other recycling factories, and her factory produces 1500 pieces of bricks every day from a mixture of different types of plastic.

Some residues are high-density polyethylene used in the manufacture of milk and shampoo bottles, others are low-density polyethylene used in the manufacture of cereal bags or sandwiches and other polypropylene that is used in the manufacture of ropes and buckets..

The waste is mixed with sand at a high temperature and then pressed into bricks, which are sold at different prices depending on its thickness and color. For example, the price per square meter of common gray brick is 850 Kenyan shillings ($ 7.70)..

Matti, a materials engineer who designs her own machines, said that her factory has recycled 20 tons of plastic waste since its inception in 2017, and she plans to add a second, larger production line to triple the production capacity and hopes that expenditures will equal revenues by the end of the year..

Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete, recycling plastic waste (1)
Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete by recycling plastic waste

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Making bricks stronger than concrete by recycling plastic waste

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Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete by recycling waste

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Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete

Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete, recycling plastic waste (5)
Making bricks stronger than concrete by recycling plastic waste

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Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete
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Making bricks stronger than concrete by recycling plastic waste
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Kenya makes bricks stronger than concrete



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