Another day in this junkyard means another opportunity for 30-year-old Awodu Suleiman to make ends meet. He’s been here for six years, each day scouring through this heap of waste for recyclables. When he’s done sorting plastic or aluminum Suleiman cuts them away for processing. This work is money for me and that is why I’m doing it with passion. From this job I got married to my wife and it sustains us. Life has been easy with me. The local recyclers here buy the trash from we’re talking and convert them into reusable products, mostly pots, local burners and cook wares and then resell them. 55 year-old Mahmud Ahmed said he’s been recycling aluminum for more than 25 years. I started this work in Lagos before I came to this place. From what I get from the sales of my pots, I’m able to pay school fees for my seven children. For many local recyclers like Ahmed the venture is nothing more than a means of daily survival.
But experts say local recycling is much more than that. Nigeria is one of the biggest contributors of solid waste in Africa with an estimated 32 million metric tons of solid waste a year. Almost any country in the world has problems with waste management, so Nigeria is not a particularly peculiar case. So the thing is the fundamental problem we have is because of the logistics does in the sector, waste management is pretty expensive. In 2009 the government awarded contracts for the procurement and installation of recyclers across 26 cities in Nigeria included the capital. Yet there are those with loftier goals. There’s also the concept of zero waste as individuals we can plan to leave life with less waste. And for example now plastic is actually immediate problem globally right now. So they are concepts we... you can go plastic free, you can use alternatives. Solid waste management is the most pressing environmental challenge faced by urban and rural areas of Nigeria. Nigeria’s population is estimated to double by 2050. And this could mean more solid waste hanging around. Unless an improvement is seen local recyclers can only go so far in meeting the country’s recycling needs.
The local recyclers here buy the trash from we’re talking and convert them into reusable products, mostly pots, local burners and cook wares and then resell them.
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但专家表示，当地的回收远远不止这些 。尼日利亚是非洲固体废物的最大来源之一，估计每年有3200万公吨固体废物 。世界上几乎所有国家都存在废物管理问题，所以尼日利亚并不是一个特例 。所以，我们面临的根本问题是，由于物流在这个领域所做的，废物管理是非常昂贵的 。2009年，政府授予尼日利亚包括首都在内的26个城市的回收商采购和安装合同 。然而，也有一些人有着更高的目标 。还有零浪费的概念，作为个人，我们可以计划让生活有更少的浪费 。例如，现在塑料是一个全球性的迫在眉睫的问题 。所以你可以不使用塑料，可以使用替代品 。固体废物管理是尼日利亚城乡地区面临的最紧迫的环境挑战 。到2050年，尼日利亚人口预计将翻一番 。这可能意味着会有更多的固体废物四处游荡 。除非看到改善，否则当地的回收商只能满足国家的回收需求 。