Tri'O'Togo, a socially-responsible recycling project
Published on April 21, 2015
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from June 8, 2015 to July 27, 2015
Three 1st year engineering students from Grenoble INP-Pagora are preparing to set up a waste sorting and recycling centre in a village in Togo.
Fanny Percin, Céline Pentecôte and Marie Billot will be launching their Tri'O'Togo project in Ativimé, a small village near Tsévié, a town of 60,000 inhabitants in the south of Togo and the seat of the Maritime Region's Zio prefecture. They will implement the project over the course of their seven-week work placement in June and July this year.
The students have a specific interest in the recycling and recovery of biomass, topics covered as part of their engineering degree. As members of the Ingénieurs Sans Frontières Grenoble association, they decided to place their knowledge and enthusiasm at the disposal of a Togolese village of 800 inhabitants, which is already well aware of the problem of fly tipping. Supported by the Volontaires Internationaux du Progrès-Togo (V.I.P.-Togo) association, the Tri'O'Togo project is geared towards improving hygiene in the area by organising regular waste collection and sorting services, as well as improving local agricultural yields by reusing organic waste.
The project includes the creation of a collection and sorting centre, the set-up of skips in the village, organising skip recovery, waste sorting (organic, plastic, metallic, paper/cardboard, glass and others), population awareness raising and training, converting organic waste into compost in collaboration with a Togolese laboratory, and establishing processes for the treatment of plastic, paper/cardboard and metallic waste in conjunction with fellow associations (Gevalor, Etc Terra).
Céline, Fanny and Marie are extremely keen to secure a long-term future for this sustainable development scheme, which is why they will be passing the baton to the school's future recruits, to continue and perhaps even expand this community recycling project to other villages in Togo. Would you like to contribute to this project by making a donation?