A unit for the recycling of household and similar waste has been launched in the prefecture of Sidi Bernoussi. This project was initiated as part of a program of the National Initiative for Human Development.
Located on an area of 1,000 square meters, it includes the establishment of a unit that will handle the sorting, recycling and evaluation of household waste and cold rooms for organic waste. Through this initiative, which took nearly 9.5 million dirham, people could learn and refine their skills in sorting out their wastes.
The initiators of the project are expected to orchestrate and advocate a major change in behavior of millions of people toward a more systematic act of sorting. Reaching the target is based primarily on the behavior of citizens as everything starts with sorting, the first wave of the recycling loop. Their mission is to educate residents about the importance of safeguarding the environment.
To start with the initiative several environmental “eco-kiosks” were installed in the neighborhoods of Sidi Bernoussi. These kiosks will be supervised by an agent and will be equipped with waste containers, differentiated by specific colors for each material like metals, plastic, papers and so on. These kiosks are designed to instill the culture of pre-sorting of household waste in families.
This project aims to recycle 20% of waste in 2015 an also aims to integrate inquisitive scavengers and garbage collectors by giving support and offer a healthy work environment and better living conditions. For now, the project has helped to rehabilitate about 60 people who are randomly working in inhumane conditions in the collection, sorting and reselling trash. Through this program, the people can have a stable income by selling the waste as raw industrial materials.
Furthermore, several women cooperatives adhere to the project by building green bags distributed to residents. This could be generalized to the rest of the prefectures of Casablanca, which produces about 3,000 tons of waste daily.