CAMEROON: Hysacam acquires equipment for waste collection, €18m investment

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CAMEROON: Hysacam acquires equipment for waste collection, €18m investment

The Société d'hygiène et salubrité du Cameroun (Hysacam) has just acquired a fleet of 100 trucks to fight against insalubrity and the proliferation of waste in the urban space. The acquisition of this equipment is the result of a partnership between Hysacam, Cami Motors Cameroon, Renault Trucks and the Douala Urban Community (CUD).

To make its 19 partner cities clean on a daily basis. This is the objective that theSociété d’hygiène et salubrité du Cameroun (Hysacam) has set itself with the acquisition of 100 new machines. This batch consists of mechanical sweepers, truck cranes, rubbish trucks, box carriers, Ampliroll T30 and compactors with hoist. Within the framework of the “On the roads of the CAN” project, this delivery is the fruit of the existing partnership between the Douala Urban Community (CUD), Hysacam, and Cami Motors Cameroon.

According to the CEO of Hysacam Michel Ngapanoun, these new trucks will ensure the cleanliness of cities at a time when Cameroon is preparing to host a major sporting event, the African Cup of Nations Football (CAN TotalEnergies 2021). In addition to this sporting event, the new machines will improve the frequency of waste collection trucks in Cameroonian cities.

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With an average annual turnover of 53 million euros, Hysacam is equipped with 600 heavy vehicles specialised in the collection and treatment of household waste. Its activities extend to Cameroon, but also to Monrovia in Liberia and Cotonou in Benin. The company collects 5,000 items of waste per day. For its post-collection operations, the company has biogas collection and treatment plants. Hysacam paid 12 billion CFA francs (18.2 million euros) for this new acquisition, which will also create 500 jobs.

The city of Douala will be the main beneficiary of this new investment by Hysacam. With an estimated population of 3.7 million, Cameroon’s economic capital produces an average of 2,500 tonnes of waste per day. But the collection capacity remains quite low, between 1,500 and 1,700 tonnes per day. This corresponds to a difference of 800 to 1,000 tonnes per day. Hysacam estimates that the new equipment will enable the city of Douala to absorb 4,599 tonnes of waste per month (55,148 tonnes per year), mainly in hard-to-reach neighbourhoods and around drains. Although Douala will benefit from the bulk of the allocations, emphasis will be placed on the cities that will host the 2021 African Cup of Nations. These are Yaoundé in the centre, Garoua in the north, Limbe-Buea in the south-west and Bafoussam in the west of Cameroon.

                                                                                     Habib Tizi (intern)

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