Tunis/Tunisia — The European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Growth (EBRD), the European Union and Elec’Recyclage formally inaugurated a non-hazardous industrial waste recycling facility in Utique, Bizerte, Tunisia.
Elec’Recyclage Tunisie acquired an EBRD mortgage of as much as Ꞓ1.1 million to finance the development of an industrial constructing in Utique in 2019, along with an EU grant of Ꞓ85,000 for technical help.
The corporate used the financing to put money into new tools to develop its recycling capability, together with a shredding workshop of 135 m² and a conditioning, shredding and compacting facility, which have elevated the corporate’s thermal remedy capability from 700 metric tonnes/month to 2,000 metric tonnes/month.
“The brand new know-how has not solely made the recycling course of extra productive and environment friendly, however it has additionally diminished the quantity of waste that’s despatched to landfill or overtly dumped. Elec’Recyclage has been capable of enhance the amount of recycled supplies it sells by 40%, from 6,270 tonnes per yr in 2017 to eight,745 metric tonnes/yr anticipated by the top of 2023. The corporate can also be anticipated to not directly cut back its CO2 emissions by 2,647 tonnes a yr by the top of 2023, ” in response to EBRD.
In parallel, the corporate benefited from EBRD enterprise advisory assist to implement Occupational Well being and Security administration system (OHS) to acquire an ISO 45001 accreditation which boosts the corporate’s competitiveness because it gives wider market entry.
The funding additionally helped the corporate to enhance the working circumstances of its 100 workers, 35 of whom are girls, by decreasing noise ranges and introducing extra environment friendly workflows.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by EBRD First Vice President and the Head of its Shopper Companies Group, Jürgen Rigterink, EBRD Head of Tunisia, Nodira Mansurova, EU ambassador to Tunisia, Marcus Cornaro and French ambassador to Tunisia, André Parant.
Jürgen Rigterink commented: «We’re very proud to inaugurate this facility with our companions Elec’Recyclage and the EU. This contemporary facility has helped to extend recycling capability via greener and extra energy-efficient operations whereas enhancing the working surroundings of its workers. We’re delighted to have the ability to assist the corporate with each financing and enterprise recommendation to spice up its competitiveness and widen its markets!»
Marcus Cornaro, Ambassador of the EU in Tunisia, added: «As a serious actor of the worldwide transition agenda, particularly since its communication entitled ‘The European Inexperienced Deal’, the EU has set out a brand new development technique aimed toward defending, conserving and enhancing the Union’s pure capital, and to guard the well being and well-being of residents from environment-related dangers and impacts. This upgraded facility is an encouraging illustration of the financial and surroundings advantages that may derive from supporting actions within the round economic system at world stage. The EU stays dedicated to assist such initiatives as a part of its sustainable development agenda with Tunisia.»
Elec’Recyclage is a Tunisian firm specialising in industrial waste recycling, providing waste-handling options to greater than 100 firms in Tunisia. The agency additionally sells sorted waste merchandise to international prospects for additional processing.
Because the begin of its operations in Tunisia in 2012, the EBRD has invested greater than Ꞓ1.9 billion throughout 61 initiatives within the nation, in each the non-public and public sectors.