Valuing the African Genius

Source: TV5 Quebec Canada - Canadian International Development Agency

Philippe Yoda

Philippe Yoda, from Burkina Faso, is a self-taught engineer who has developed and patented a unique pyrolysis process for recycling plastic waste.

The process starts with the collection of plastic waste that is sorted and washed before it is ground. Then, the ground plastic waste undergoes a chemical transformation by heat that mixes various thermoplastic polymers, considered irreconcilable, to produce durable material that replaces cement, wood, etc.

Profile reviewed: March 3, 2017

First publication: November 2009

Philippe Yoda has manufactured several objects with his pyrolysis process such as tables, benches, stools, tiles (to replace iron or steel sheets), floor tiles or cobblestones, road signs, water meter boxes, toys, etc.

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