A sizeable percentage of log input in the Nigerian wood industry ends up as wood waste. Moreover, the volume
of sawdust from sawmills continues to increase due to a rise in lumber production to meet growing demand for
wood products. Nigeria has not fully exploited the potential for recycling waste materials, especially
sawdust. Sawdust heaps are considered waste and therefore are indiscriminately incinerated, making a
significant contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions.
The major goal of the activity is to support Lagos sawmill workers (Oko-baba cooperatives) to reduce
pollution and health problems arising from sawdust combustion, through local capacity-building to utilize
sawdust for economic benefits involving the mechanical conversion of the waste sawdust into economically
useful briquettes. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while enhancing the quality of life and public
health in the host communities.
The activity utilizes simple technology to develop a sawdust briquette factory with locally fabricated
machinery and build local workforce who collect and utilize local materials to produce inexpensive but
efficient alternative source of heating. The activity strategically identifies, train and engage local
cooperative groups (Saw millers) to collect sawdust and convert into low-cost consumer products
“briquettes”. The groups are also trained on the marketing of the products, considering the large
local and international market which exists for briquettes.