Africa: First Plastic Recycling Plant in the Offing

Plans are at an advanced stage to establish the country's first plastic recycling plant, disclosed the director general of Gamplast Company.

Speaking Thursday during a taskforce meeting at the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Kanifing, Mafuji Jatta highlighted that his company is currently working hand-in glove with the Department of Physical Planning to identify a piece of land at the Brikama industrial area for the construction of the said plant.

Jatta explained that the construction of the recycling plant could have started since last year, but that the process of acquiring a piece of land took some time. This, he said, is the reason why his company is engaging the Department of Physical Planning to approve the structure so that construction could begin in earnest.

While disclosing that soon his company will buy from people plastic wastes as soon as the storage is completed, the Gamplastic general manager said it is their hope that by April this year, they would have gone far in their constructions. When completed, Jatta said the recycling plant would complement government's efforts in waste management. "Gamplast has a recycling machine which has [a very low capacity]. But now the recycling machine we are about to bring into the country has a huge capacity," he stated.

Jatta said the initiative would be a major sanitary boost for the country, as it will reduce unwarranted littering on the streets, thus making The Gambia a cleaner country. He also stated that the project will promote responsible waste management and reduces environmental hazards.

During the meeting, members of the PWTC also lamented the fact that the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) has not been able to install dustbins at strategic locations since the inception of The Gambia "No Plastic" Initiative six months ago. They also suggested sending a reminder to the Council about the issue so that it can be addressed once and for all.

Lamin Samateh of NEA recalled that the PWTC had conducted a tour of water processing facilities meant to assess the level of compliance to standards required for such a business. He informed that during the visit, they discovered that some failed to register their businesses and use unfit machines to process water without proper filtrations as required by the set standards.

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