EP 42: Textile Waste in Abia State with Ken Ajah
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An estimated 70–80% of the MSW generated in Africa is recyclable, yet only 4% of MSW is currently recycled. 5% of all textiles go to the dump every year, according to the World Economic Forum, enough to fill Sydney Harbor annually. In a state with growing businesses and clothes manufacturers, the issue of fast fashion that is quickly disposed of is adding to a dire solid waste management crisis. We speak with Ken Ajah, owner of fabrics by Nonso, on the solutions, what he sees happening with implemented government strategies, and where he thinks the future of waste management and sustainable fashion are headed in Abia state, and Nigeria as a whole.

Links used for references are below: 

Defeating environmental degradation in Abia

(PDF) Analysis of Post-Consumer Solid Textile Waste Management among Households in Oyo State of Nigeria

AfricA - Waste Management

Municipal solid waste management in Aba, Nigeria: Challenges and prospects 

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