COOP-VERD brought together the Municipality of Nabeul, civil society and informal waste-pickers in order to put in place an organised system of
separate plastic waste collection and valorisation, in 3 neighbourhoods, which created benefits for all actors.
Tags: Waste management, economic development, Mediterranean cities, Tunisia
Promote local employment through the promotion of the selective collection of household and similar waste.
Project type Waste management
Metropolitan Area of Barcelona in its capacity as General Secretariat of MedCities with the support of the City of Barcelona
Municipality of Nabeul
Association EcoTourisme Environment
Start date Dec. 2016- March 2018
COOP-VERD launched a pilot project in the city of Nabeul in order to promote recycling and green employment and to improve the working conditions of informal waste collectors (chiffonniers).
In the framework of the project, 48 containers for the separate collection of plastic bottles were placed in 3 neighbourhoods and a public Eco-Point was created. This was made available to the ETE+ Association for the collection, storage and manipulation of plastic bottles in the city centre in order to facilitate the work of the chiffonniers.
The Eco-Point improves the income and the working conditions of chiffoniers by reducing distance, avoiding intermediaries and taking into consideration the social criteria of the beneficiaries of the centre.
The collectors that participate in the project have received medical and social coverage and training on the risks related to their work, and are now working in appropriate hygienic conditions, benefiting from adequate uniforms and vaccination campaigns. In order to give added value to the plastic collected and thus improve the revenue of this activity, the green point was provided with a pressing machine to transform the plastic.
In parallel, COOP-VERD has launched a communication campaign targeting the residents of the pilot area in order to encourage the separation and recycling at source, as well as a participatory process for the installation of recycling points for plastic in other neighbourhoods.
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