• In low-income countries like Nigeria, World Bank statistics shows that more than 90 per cent of waste is mismanaged: disposed in unregulated dumps, along waterways, or openly burned.
  • Poor management of waste has consequences on the environment, safety and health.
  • It creates breeding grounds for disease, contributes to global climate change through methane generation, and threatens ecosystems.
  • Studies have shown that more than 60 per cent of the trash put in waste bins could be recycled.
  • Estimates say that Nigeria generates more than 32 million tonnes of solid waste annually, and collects only 20 to 30 per cent.
  • Recycling has also proven to be a solution to unemployment, which is good news for a country with more than 30 million unemployed youth.
  • Some young Nigerians are already setting the pace in the recycling industry.
  • Aside from contributing to a cleaner and safer environment, they can earn a sustainable living from recycling or upcycling.
  • Every year, there are about 150 billion tyres disposed of around the world.
  • So Cyrus45factory seeks to prevent them from going to incinerators, where they’d be burned, by turning them into artsy and functional household items and furniture.
  • This is how we are providing solutions to environmental challenges.
  • Since 2016, Cyrus45factory has been able to upcycle close to 500 tyres, and has received local and international accolades.
  • In the next ten years, we hope to expand to other parts of Africa, as well as to homes and offices, and ensure that everybody uses eco-friendly products.