MOROCCO: International Day of Zero Waste on the coast of Rabat

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MAROC : Journée internationale du zéro déchet sur le littoral de Rabat© Youssef El Bouchikhi

Zero Waste Skhirat and Al Mountada Li Tanmia, two environmental protection associations based in southern Morocco, carried out a plastic waste collection campaign on the Rabat coastline. The activity, supported by the Australian-based company CWP Global, was part of the celebration of the first edition of the International Day of Zero Waste launched on December 14, 2022 by the UN.

A clean-up campaign took place on March 30, 2023 along the coastline of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Led by Zero Waste Skhirat and Al Mountada Li Tanmia, two environmental protection associations based in the south of the kingdom, the campaign ended with a brainstorming session on the question, “how to reuse the collected plastic waste?

The activity, funded by CWP Global, an Australian-based company working in the field of green hydrogen, was carried out within the framework of the International Day of Zero Waste adopted on December 14, 2022 by the United Nations (UN). Meeting in its 77th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 77/161 proclaiming March 30 as the International Day of Zero Waste, to be observed annually. The Day aims to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, support societal change towards circularity, and raise awareness of how zero waste initiatives contribute to the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

An annual production of 2.24 billion tons of solid waste

“Creating green energy and pedagogically driving the protection of our environment is our only chance to safeguard our common future on this planet, we would like to work with associations that are fully aware of this such as Zero Waste and Al Mountada Li Tanmia,” explains Hajar Bennar, the CSR manager of CWP Global’s Moroccan subsidiary.

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CWP Global points out that waste is a significant contributor to the triple global crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and degradation, and pollution. It is estimated that humanity produces 2.24 billion tons of municipal solid waste each year, of which only 55% is managed in controlled facilities.

According to the same source, approximately 931 million tons of food are lost or wasted each year and up to 14 million tons of plastic waste enter aquatic ecosystems.

Boris Ngounou

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