About the Author: Kirsten Bauman serves as Regional Environment Officer for Eastern Africa at U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa.
On Earth Day 2009, the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa launched a program to recycle the plastic bottles used in our offices and employees’ homes. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and embassy employees officially kicked off the program on April 22 at the embassy compound with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The U.S. Embassy is partnering with a local company, Aquapure General Trading, to implement the plastic recycling program. Aquapure, which employs nearly 150 Ethiopians, has been recycling plastic for a range of businesses in Ethiopia and exporting it for industrial use. The U.S. Embassy is Aquapure’s first client from the diplomatic community.
The new plastic recycling program will complement the U.S. Embassy’s existing paper recycling program, a partnership with the local NGO, “Treesavers.”