We need to take urgent Action to save our planet

by Yusuf Akinoso in London, England, United Kingdom

We need to take urgent Action to save our planet

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A global crisis is enough to challenge most of us and now is the time to act, I am looking to setup a recycling centre to help the planet.

by Yusuf Akinoso in London, England, United Kingdom

A global crisis is enough to challenge most of us and now is the time to act, I am in the process of launching a dual-purpose company that will not only help protect the environment but will also make a positive impact on the people of Nigeria. Our company is called Let’s Recycle Now.  

I am currently reaching out to you to introduce you to the work we will do with the hope that you will recognize its value and will offer your support.

We all know that the clock is ticking. And the longer we delay efforts to reduce our destructive impact on the environment, the more irrevocable the damage will be. This means that each of us needs to take responsibility, and each of us is ultimately accountable!

While plastics play a valuable role in our everyday life, they pose severe environmental risks. The facts are grim. 90% of plastic wastes flow into our water bodies, and over 100,000 marine animals (including turtles and seabirds) die every year from ingesting plastic wastes.

The use of plastic bottles is one of the biggest environmental concerns we face today. Across the globe, about half a million single-use plastic drinking bottles are used every minute. This amounts to over 2.5 trillion pieces annually.

It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade – but that doesn’t mean that they are biodegradable. It means that while they may degrade, they will actually remain in our environment forever. Yet, despite that, a large portion of plastics goes unrecycled.

There are three main reasons I have selected Africa as the location for my company’s flagship:

1. Plastic recycling is already embraced Africa. As an example, in South Africa, an average of 6.2 million PET bottles are collected daily for recycling. Last year, the recycling rate in South Africa was 46.3% for all plastic produced during the year, compared with a recycling rate of 31.1% in Europe (according to a report by Plastics SA). The rate was even higher for used plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET).



2. South Africa and Nigeria account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product and represent the biggest economy on the continent. Nigeria tops South Africa in GDP, and its economic growth surpassed forecasts in the fourth quarter of 2019. The country is ready and eager for foreign investment.



3. Finally – and this is a central aspect to my reasons – I have a deep desire to provide job opportunities for the Nigerian people, particularly those who are living a ‘hand to mouth’ existence. Nigeria is a rich country occupied by poor people. It is the most populous country in Africa, with over 19 million people. Yet, about 70% of this population live below the poverty level.

My goal is to raise two hundred and fifty thousand pounds for my project to experience success. I have done the analysis, created a sound business plan, and have developed a practical budget. I have also connected with people in the plastic recycling industry for advice, and I fully understand the types of equipment needed.

I was born in Nigeria, and I live and work in UK, London. I am confident that my drive, my commitment, and my life experience have prepared me for this moment. While I may not achieve a global impact with my business, I will provide a model for others to follow and make a significant difference in the lives of local Nigerians.


Thank you for your financial commitment to Let’s Recycle Now! Your generosity will make a tremendous difference in the lives of Nigerians who are willing, able and hoping to work, not only on behalf of themselves and their families, but also for a great cause! It will also allow us to do our part in furthering the important momentum of environmental responsibility.

We are inspired by the incredible response to your donation. It signals that we are on the right track!

Thank you for your attention, support and involvement!

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