GROW SEEDLINGS

Malindi Prison turns trash into cash by recycling plastic, beer cans

They grow pawpaw and neem seedlings.

In Summary

• Prison Superintendent Peter Mbuthia said they get many customers who buy their seedlings.

• He said last year they sold 7,000 seedlings and they are planting more.

Prisoners collect plastics at Malindi Prison
Prisoners collect plastics at Malindi Prison
Image: ALPHONCE GARI

Malindi Prison is using plastic bottles and beer cans to grow tree seedlings for sale.

Every second week of the month, the prisoners, together with Progress Welfare Association of Malindi (PWAM), collect all waste materials around the correctional facility.

They sort the waste and take plastic bottles and beer cans which they use as planters. They cut the bottles, add soil and plant seeds.

They grow pawpaw and neem seedlings.

Prison Superintendent Peter Mbuthia said they get many customers who buy their seedlings.

He said last year they sold 7,000 seedlings and they are planting more.

Mbuthia said the inmates collect the containers around the staff line, which is also part of their clean-up drive.

The prison boss said they have also been educating the local community on the importance of recycling plastics to make useful things.

He said students from Majivuni Primary School have adopted the prison's idea and are now using plastic bottles to grow tree seedlings.

Mbuthia said this year they want to create awareness in the entire Malindi community on the importance of keeping the environment clean.

The Malindi clean-up drive started three years ago after PWAM came up with the initiative to bring back the lost glory of the resort town which at one time was ranked the country's cleanest town.

Edited by A.N

Prisoners collect plastics at Malindi Prison
Prisoners collect plastics at Malindi Prison
Image: ALPHONCE GARI