Plastic recycling in Zanzibar

Plastic waste recycling as an alternative to burning and landfilling


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TZ Tanzania, United Republic of

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About the project Edit

The plastic recycling project in Zanzibar, Tanzania, is an initiative of the Zanzibar Scrapes and Environment Association (ZASEA). The association runs the first small-scale plastic recycling factory in Zanzibar that contributes to solid waste management and creates employment opportunities for the local community.

Matemwe villagers trained in solid waste management learn about: identification of different types of plastic materials based on international recycling standards, storage and packaging, and health precautions during the solid waste management activities.

Currently about 20 tons per month of plastic is processed and transported to Dar Es Salaam and Kenya. This is a total output of 235 tons of plastic waste which has been collected and recycled from Zanzibar since the factory was built. Since the association's creation, 760 tons of plastic waste has been exported to Dar Es Salaam.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Plastic waste recycling is not common practice in Tanzania, let alone Eastern Africa. The Zanzibar recycling factory is the first of its kind on the island.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project stimulates the Zanzibar community participation in solid waste management by identifying and developing a range of environment sustainable services and activities which will benefit Zanzibar on the environmental level. This project has also an impact on the economical level, as it safeguards and increases the employment level by income generated from solid waste recycling.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The recycling factory for plastic and glass was formed by the organization members based on personal funds.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

ZASEA is a member-driven organization, with about 35 members who primarily consist of local community members and researchers. The Executive committee of the Association is responsible for the execution of the functions of the association. It is made up of 5 members: Executive Chairman, Vice Chairman, Executive Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. It also has an advisory board of 5 members.


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