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Plastic turned into buildings across Cote d'Ivoire

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Plastic brick made by Conceptos Plásticos and imported by UNICEF to build the model classrooms
Plastic brick made by Conceptos Plásticos and imported by UNICEF to build the model classrooms Frank Hersey

Plastic waste is a global issue, and a global partnership has set to work in Côte d'Ivoire to transform waste into classrooms and reduce the spread of disease at the same time - all while improving incomes for waste collectors.UNICEF has established a partnership with a Colombian social enterprise to kickstart a supply chain in Côte d'Ivoire which will turn the plastic on the streets into giant Lego bricks.As the building technique is cheaper than other methods, this could become a regional or even continental success story.Frank Hersey, our correspondent in Côte d'Ivoire, went to find out more.Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report.

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