Tyre Recycling – The Senegal Way
In Senegal, Malick Ngaydé is one of those young people who knows how to do something with his hands. He recycles used tyres to make furniture. When asked why tyres were chosen as a material, Malick answered, "I am always looking for possible means of recycling".
In the manufacture of furniture, the tyres are first washed, before being repaired. Then they are disinfected, processed and painted. To the public, Malick is calling for easier tyre recycling because he says he can build an entire suite in just 24 hours. Better still, the man offers a lifetime guarantee on its manufacture.
Since February 2018, Malick has been creating furniture, which he sells to art lovers.
"People like it and say it's beautiful, but we want every citizen to take it to reduce the used tyres that are everywhere in the country. "
To the young people of Kayar, a small coastal town, Malick kindly offered free training for tyre recycling. In total, 45 of them benefited from this teaching.
"Before coming into contact with them, some of these people were thinking about illegal immigration, but today we have given these young people a chance to stay here and not risk their lives at sea. We have taught these young people how to start a business. "
Of course, creating tyre furniture is not unique to Senegal, and it will never be the solution to tyre recycling, but activities such as this serve a purpose and whilst we discuss size reduction, rubberised asphalt, pyrolysis and devulcanisation, credit must go to those around the world who take that first step in reusing tyres in their local community. In this case, it is a small step in addressing the tyre problem, but also the immigration problem. Malick Ngaydé is to be commended for his efforts.