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Climate Change : Environmentalist Constructs House with 14,800 Plastic bottles in Nigeria

by Isaac Mintah

Reports By Mike Odeh James


Plastic Bottle House constructed with 14,800 bottles in Nigeria

Engineer Yahaya Ahmed, The director of a Non-governmental organization “Developmental Association of renewable energies in Nigeria” (DARE) says thousands of plastic bottles were filled with sand and then linked together at the neck by an intricate network of string to construct the first plastic bottles house in Kaduna state north western Nigeria.


During an interview with Journalist that revisited the center which is located at unguwar -Yalwa on kaduna zaria road.

The house is the first in Africa and it’s the cheapest to construct with wasted plastic bottles that can be found on the streets ,pond ,Gutter or river Band.

“it’s the cheapest house that every one can construct without spending much money because the building materials are there available on the street and trash dump center”

“This house is constructed with 14,800 plastic bottled that were collected from the streets”


“Each plastic was filled with sand,and placed in a position like how blocks were been arranged when constructing house”

Ahmed said the house was made from pure plastic bottles as part of the group’s efforts to encourage recycling of waste materials in the country, create jobs and ensure safer environment.

According to him, the house has 3 rooms, including one toilet, one kitchen and it would last for hundreds of years irrespective of the ecological challenges and its 20 times stronger than brick walls.

It’s the cheapest house to build in this generation with waste plastic bottles on the streets polluting our environment and causing more problems like flood and other disaster in the communities.

He note that plastic bottle house can last for more than 300 years if constructed properly and carefully and is fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake resistant and can adapt to all kind of climate changes, desertification and deforestation.

Stressing also that Bottle houses are often more convenient to build in a circular fashion. The circular shape adds strength to the walls, while providing a very artistic and pleasing appearance. Any person with masonry skills can be used as labor in the construction of one of these homes.

“we have trained many youths , and we are still training more youth and adult various ways of constructing these houses across the country and some part of African”

“we have such houses across the country including the capital of Nigeria –Abuja”

“we want to reduce the volume of plastic that is polluting our environment causing diseases and other disaster”

The house can adapt to all forms of ecological challenges due to its strength and capacity to sustain all environmental challenges.

Ahmed said, there is need to train more and more Nigerians on how to used of this technology toward constructing more plastic bottled house in the state

He said, we have other plastic houses in some part of Africa,but this is the first one in the entire region of black nation

“our joy is to trained more youth the skills of this kind of housing,so as to save our streets from the numbers of plastic bottles dominating our rivers and ponds causing flood and other disaster”

Responding the assistant Director African Climate reporters Dr piman Hoffman added that Millions if not billions of plastic water and beverage bottles are discarded every year, with most making their way to landfills, the ocean, or, in poorer countries, disposed of in heaps

Its really high time,to encourage Nigerian engineers to embrace using the technology in constructing more houses that can stand all forms of ecological challenges

Saying these plastics are big threat to the existence of Human,animals and all the living organism

Adding also that more aquatic animals are now endangered species due to human irrational activities of dumping plastic bottles into the river and streams

“we must joined hands toward saving all the aquatic animals from the threat of plastic pollution”

“we are appealing to government to support all renewable energy companies to save the nation from the increasing threat of waste pollution through waste management plans”

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