Harare – With the population of motor vehicles ever increasing, there has been a surge in the number of used tyres being discarded in ways that are unfriendly to the environment.
About 350km from Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare, a 29-year-old man is turning this trash into cash.
In the area called Jerera, Walter Chinuru – who holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies – is keenly, and profitably, focused on waste management through recycling.
“It’s a lucrative venture; I am making beautiful artefacts and different ornaments from used tyres and helping to save of the environment,” Chinuru told The Southern Times Business.
“I grew up liking the environment and I am passionate about nature and conservation but after enrolling for a Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with Midlands State University, through learning and researching I gained more knowledge.
“After I completed my degree I took it upon myself to create employment for myself and implement what I had acquired at university. A dirty environment is always an eyesore, so I had to fight for the environment.”
At a cost of US$1 for five used tyres, the 29-year old is recycling the used tyres into flower pots, beds, swings for crèches among many other ornaments whose prices range from US$10 to US$25.
“If am to make a chair it means I am going to use four tyres, two are for a seat, then the other two are for arms. As for a seat quality tires are needed for best comfort.”
He also recycles other materials.
“People used to laugh at me but through education and awareness they now understand the concept; some even bring me tyres and other waste for free,” said Chinuru.
His company now employs five people.