Recycling: Cash for Trash

A Blog Post from Footsteps Eco-Lodge in The Gambia

by David White - 15 February 2016

Plastic waste in The Gambia

We have always been mindful of our waste produced at the lodge and what happens to it. This year we have enlisted the help of Ethical Travel Portal and Daouda Niang (a great sustainability consultant) to help us. After a rigorous and detailed examination of our current practices, we found opportunities for big improvements. These will help us reach our goal of having a minimum footprint.

By separating and washing our bottles, tins, plastics and organic waste we have created a resource. Others are prepared to pay a little bit of money for it. With this in mind we came up with an idea to get support from all staff members. The proceeds from our recycling are passed back to the staff via a cash for trash collection bin.

Recycling bottletops
Bottletops are collected too
Recycling area
Kunjang at the recycling area

Recycling by a green team

To monitor this process we have formed a GREEN TEAM. Six members of staff, one from each section, responsible for their people. They will meet once a week and discuss what areas need attention and which are working well.

Our goal is to be able to reward our staff for helping us keep our environment cleaner. This in turn will be delivered into the village. Who knows, hopefully one day the locals of Gunjur will be receiving cash for trash too, keeping their village clean and safe for everyone!

We also hope to offer recycled goods and original art for sale very soon!

Making charcoal
Charcoal in the making
Resulting charcoal

We will keep you posted on our progress!

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