How-to guides

The How-to guides provide illustrated step-by-step instructions to making useful products from waste materials.

The following guides are available:

Measuring your waste A step-by-step guide to finding out what materials are in your waste. When you know what materials are available, you can decide which products to make.

Charcoal briquettes An illustrated step-by-step guide to making charcoal briquettes from woody waste such as dried leaves, coconut shell and groundnut shell. The briquettes make a low-smoke cooking fuel that is cheaper than standard charcoal and does not involve cutting down trees.

Biogas A step-by-step guide to making cooking gas from food waste. This how-to guide covers the essential information for making and using biogas, and step-by-step guides for two biodigester designs: a tubular plastic biodigester and a floating dome biodigester.

Fish waste into animal feed An illustrated guide to making a nutritious animal feed from fish waste. The animal feed is very useful when there is no grass or fodder, particularly during the dry season.

Making compost A step-by-step guide to converting food waste and woody waste into compost. Making your own compost is easy, and it will reduce your need for fertiliser and improve your soil.

Making compost using worms An illustrated guide to vermicomposting (making high quality compost using worms). The worms digest the food waste and turn it into compost that is very good for your soil.

Selling plastics A guide to identifying different types of plastics and preparing them for recycling.

Plastic into building materials An illustrated step-by-step guide to making paving tiles from plastic waste such as plastic bags, plastic film and water pouches. This tried-and-tested technique is very low-cost and helps keep plastic waste out of the environment.

Plastic bottles into ecobricks A step-by-step guide to making free building materials by stuffing plastic waste inside plastic bottles. A plastic bottle stuffed full of plastic waste is very solid and can be used instead of regular bricks in construction. This technique is very simple and is suitable for many types of waste plastic.

Plastic into crocheted bags An illustrated step-by-step guide to turning plastic bags into long ribbons that you can crochet with. Products made from crocheted plastic can be sold for a much higher price than standard disposable plastic bags. They are attractive and very long-lasting.

Waste collection A step-by-step guide to starting up a simple waste collection system in your community. Collecting waste helps keep your neighbourhood clean and your community healthy.

Waste disposal An illustrated guide to creating and running a small community waste disposal site. A safe waste disposal site will help protect the health of your community and keep the neighbourhood clean.

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