A new plastic waste recycling plant has been established in Bulawayo following a US$200 000 investment by Chasdiel Investment.
The company has procured state-of-the-art equipment and will be producing more than 32 000 carrier bags per day from plastic waste.
Located in the Westondale industrial area along Khami Road, the project has excited environmentalists who say this will assist the city to manage plastic waste in a sustainable manner.
Chasdiel Investment is the parent company of Anytime Plastics that also produces toilet papers and peanut butter.
In an interview with a company official, Mr. Tonderai Maguraushe said the Bulawayo the company was already distributing its products throughout the country.
The company expects to have completed the installation of its machinery by the third quarter of this year, which will see the business increasing its capacity utilisation from 80 percent to 100 percent.
“We started operating on 1 March this year following the setting up of our new plant. Our output is more than 32 000 carrier bags per day and once we complete the installation of our machine, we will increase our output,” said Mr. Maguraushe.
He said the company now has 15 permanent workers and five part-time employees.
Mr. Maguraushe urged residents to collect waste plastic for recycling as this was their raw material.
“From waste plastic, we produce mini-carrier bags, medium carrier bags, refuse bags, taxi bags, and meat bailers.
“We buy the waste paper from residents, collect from supermarkets, streets, industries, and homes,” he said.
She was speaking during a recent media tour of the company.
“I think if we all manage to separate our waste and recycle what is recyclable instead of a lifespan of 40 years for the landfill it can go up to 50 years,” said Mrs. Ndlovu.