CAMEROON: In Bertoua, Stricam will recycle 40 tons of its plastic waste per day

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CAMEROON: In Bertoua, Stricam will recycle 40 tons of its plastic waste per day©Frankvr/Shutterstock

Stricam wants to reduce its environmental impact in Cameroon through a recycling project. It concerns the recovery of 40 tons of used plastics per day in the city of Bertoua, in the east of the country. The aim is to reduce plastic pollution.

The city of Bertoua, in the East of Cameroon, is at the heart of a project to recycle plastic waste. The initiative comes from the Cameroonian mineral water producer, Stricam. Every day, the company hopes to recover 40 tonnes of used plastic into secondary raw materials.

Stricam’s objective is to reduce its environmental footprint in Bertoua. Like several Cameroonian cities, Bertoua is prone to plastic pollution that destroys ecosystems.

2.6 million investment

To facilitate the achievement of its objective, an agreement was signed between Stricam’s managing director, Jean Zinguet, and the mayor of Bertoua, Jean Marie Dimbélé. According to the agreement, the mayor’s office will act as a relay for the company in the collection of plastic waste for recycling. “We will buy plastic bottles in kilograms. We have not yet fixed the price per kilogram, but we will not buy in monkey money either,” says Stricam. A committee has been set up to determine this price.

The Cameroonian company will pay a total of 1.7 billion CFA francs, or about 2.6 million euros, for the new contract over a period of four years. In the city of Bertoua, the recycling project will also create jobs in the waste sector, with about 2,000 direct jobs and more than 5,000 indirect jobs. “As for indirect jobs, they concern collectors other than those of the town hall,” says Stricam.

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The project implemented by Stricam is in line with the municipal authorities’ sanitation policy. A few weeks ago, the mayor of Bertoua, Jean Marie Dimbélé launched a crusade against household waste.

Inès Magoum

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