FG SIGNS AGREEMENT TO BOOST PLASTIC RECYCLING MACHINERY

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A partnership agreement has been signed between the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and Alon Green Recycling. The agreement will primarily focus on the creation, manufacture, and production of machinery and equipment for recycling plastic waste.

This agreement, which was signed in Abuja on April 26, will last for five years and represents a significant step towards promoting better waste management and recycling practices in Nigeria.

Reports from agencies indicate that the recycling and management of plastic waste in Nigeria is facing significant obstacles; including the substandard quality of locally produced recycling equipment, as well as the high cost of imported equipment.

Additionally, a lack of awareness and inadequate sensitization of the public on waste management practices, such as improper household collection, sorting, and segregation, create no incentives for individuals, homes, and businesses to recycle. These challenges are impeding the progress of recycling efforts in the country.

During the signing ceremony, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi, emphasized the importance of ensuring that recyclers in Nigeria have access to durable and effective equipment, which will facilitate efficient recycling practices and promote a healthier environment.

“This partnership between NASENI and Alon Green is significant to the local recycling sector because it provides a local solution to a local challenge. The collaboration has the potential to make recycling more economically viable for Nigerian SMEs by providing good quality equipment locally, and cutting out the need to import recycling equipment,” she said.

She also noted that NASENI’s mandate, among others, includes to establish and nurture an appropriate and dynamic Science and Engineering infrastructure base for achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialization; through the development of relevant processes, capital goods, and equipment necessary for job creation, for national economic wellbeing and progress.

“Scientific Equipment Development Institute Enugu (SEDI-E) is one of the Engineering Institutes under the supervision and control of NASENI with a mandate around development and production of Scientific Equipment and their production systems and the transfer of same to the private sector, satellite industries/SMEs for mass production and commercialization.

Also speaking, founder and CEO, Alon Green Recycling, Mrs Dolapo Olusanmokun said the collaboration with the government agency would go a long way to set things right in the recycling sector of the economy.

“Alon Green is an innovative social impact plastic waste management and recycling company in Lagos. We will be working alongside SEDI-Enugu to pilot test the equipment and provide operational feedback to SEDI for improvement/enhancements.

“Alon Green will make available all the expected technical parameters for the equipment, and also showcase and market the fabricated equipment to other recycling companies and sector stakeholders,” she said.

Research indicates that Nigeria is currently ranked as the 9th highest contributor globally to plastic pollution; generating approximately 2.5 million tons of plastic waste every year. Unfortunately, only 12 percent of this waste is recycled, with the remaining 88 percent being deposited in landfills, water bodies, drainages, and streets; leading to environmental hazards, including floods.

Nigeria’s population is projected to grow from its current 200 million to about 273 million in a few years’ time. This growing population is expected to trigger concerns in areas of population flows, food security, resource and wealth distribution, insecurity and conflicts including environmental degradation. All of which have the capacity to impact the urban system. Circular thinking will be essential to avoid an ever-worsening impact of this growth.

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are integral to the supply chain that provides feedstock to recycling companies for processing Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) into granules, flakes, and pellets. These MSMEs subsequently sell the recycled PET products to larger companies that convert them into PET resins. The FMCG, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, bottling, and packaging companies are the major end-users of PET resins.

Currently, most SMEs making significant strides in the sector have to import a lot of basic equipment like baling machines, Crushers and naturally more complex ones like pelletizers and fully integrated wash lines. If MSMEs are to viably play in the recycling sector, they must be able to source affordable recycling equipment/machinery that is suited for the local environment.

In order for Nigeria to progress, there is a need for the development of a formal circular ecosystem. Both the public and private sectors in Nigeria are becoming more cognizant of the importance of a circular economy; leading to an increase in the number of initiatives and companies dedicated to finding solutions to achieve this goal.

 

 

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