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Recyclables collection in Africa

Nehlsen subsidiary Rodiek & Co. GmbH is coordinating a feasibility study in Luanda, Angola.

The feasibility study "EcoLu - EcoPontes Luanda" is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment as part of the "Export Initiative Environmental Technologies". "EcoLu" was launched on January 1 and is intended to gather findings on the possibilities of separate collection of recyclable materials in the Angolan capital Luanda. Rodiek, a Bremen-based consulting company that belongs to the Nehlsen Group and specializes in circular economy projects in low-income countries, is coordinating the project and plans to set up four EcoPontes centers in Luanda, where plastics and other recyclables will be collected separately in addition to paper and glass - roughly comparable to recycling centers here in Germany. To this end, Nehlsen Ambiente Angola Lda. plans to convert former waste transfer stations accordingly and take over the subsequent processing for recycling. According to the company, some regional customers for the recyclable materials have already been found, while supraregional customers would still being examined. The EcoPontes yards are to be operated by Angolan NGOs in cooperation with informal waste collectors, who would be trained and qualified.



  • (3/29/2021)
  • Photo: © Nehlsen Ambiente Angola

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