Since October 1st, 2021, the inhabitants of the suburbs of Marcory, Cocody-Riviera and Djibi in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, have been able to eliminate their plastic waste in a sustainable manner, thanks to new collection units. The equipment is installed by the Ivorian Association for the Valorization of Plastic Waste (AIVP).
A new initiative brings the Ivorian Association for the Valorization of Plastic Waste (AIVP) one step closer to its goal of “Zero unrecovered plastic waste in Ivory Coast by 2030. The network recently installed three plastic waste collection units in the suburbs of Marcory, Cocody-Riviera and Djibi, located in the city of Abidjan in Ivory Coast.
The plastic waste, especially the bottles collected by these units, will then be transformed into secondary raw materials. By developing the plastic waste recycling sector in Abidjan, AIVP also hopes to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and fight against pollution. Currently, Abidjan produces 280 tons of plastic waste per day. And only 5% of this waste is recycled.
Other Ivorian cities are affected by plastic pollution. In total, the West African country produces more than 40,000 tons of plastic waste annually. According to the Ivorian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, more than 50% of this waste is disposed of directly into the streets, while less than 20% is sorted and recycled. To reach its objective, AIVP has set a target of 200 tons of plastic collected per year in the country.
The association benefits from the support of its members, notably the Société de limonaderies et brasseries d’Afrique (Solibra), the Ivorian start-up Coliba, which specializes in recycling, and the Prosum group, which now has 158 stores under 23 banners and manages four shopping centers in Abidjan. For the record, the Ivorian Association for the recovery of plastic waste began its activities on September 24th, 2020.