In a commendable initiative, the Disaster Management Project team orchestrated a training session on plastic waste utilization for 54 members of the Community Disaster Management Committee (CDMC) from Susan’s Bay and Culvert Communities. This transformative event, held on Wednesday, 17th January 2024, at the National Railway Museum at Cline Town, aimed to raise awareness about the environmental impact of plastic waste and equip participants with the skills to produce bricks and moulds from recycled plastics. This training is currently centered on the theoretical aspect, representing a vital step in providing participants with the necessary skills for plastic recycling. The practical component is scheduled to follow shortly.
The participants, welcomed by project staff, engaged in a comprehensive session covering the nuances of recycling, plastic waste types and impacts, manufacturing processes, personal protective equipment, hazard identification, and risk assessment. Isatu Zainab Conteh, a facilitator, emphasized the significance of learning skills that not only generate income but also contribute to managing plastic waste and maintaining a clean and healthy environment. Notably, Culvert Community, having participated in the previous phase, has already started manufacturing bricks and moulds, setting the stage for a more successful second phase.
Senesie Koroma, Team Lead of the Disaster Management Project Team, acknowledged challenges faced in the first phase, particularly in marketing strategies for the recycled products. He assured participants of improved mechanisms in place and highlighted the financial benefits of acquiring these skills. Group discussions allowed participants to share experiences, challenges, and solutions. Culvert Community shared success stories, inspiring Susan’s Bay participants.
Mamusu Kamara from Culvert Community attested to the project’s positive impact on plastic waste management, expressing gratitude for the additional knowledge acquired. Mohamed Johnny, Secretary General of Susan’s Bay Community Disaster Management Committee, praised Caritas Freetown and project sponsors, highlighting the initiative’s potential to rid their community of environmental hazards.
The training not only equips communities with practical skills but also fosters a collaborative approach to address challenges. With a focus on sustainable practices and economic benefits, these empowered community members are set to make a significant impact on plastic waste management. The commitment expressed by participants ensures a ripple effect, spreading the knowledge gained to further benefit their communities.