Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance established

China’s implementation of its ‘National Sword’ policy and the mounting despair at the huge amounts of plastic waste to be found in the world’s oceans is focusing minds everywhere on the use and disposal of plastic.

Mindful of their influence and the role they can play in the major global environmental challenges of our time, some of the world’s major brands including Nestlé, Unilever, The Coca Cola Company, and Diageo have launched the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance.

The Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance has been established for companies to:

  • Facilitate and support their local subsidiaries to engage proactively in market level public-private partnerships, industry collaboration and alliances;
  • Share knowledge, encourage innovation and collaborate on technical and other solutions appropriate for Sub-Saharan Africa as well as participate in local pilot initiatives;
  • Engage with the investment community, policy makers and others to accelerate the development and financing of the necessary waste management infrastructure and systems.

A lack of collection and recycling capacity in many African markets coupled with growing populations is creating a growing problem of plastics waste. The Alliance notes that plastics will remain an important packaging material, but sees an opportunity to tackle that problem in a way that creates jobs and reduces dependency on imported materials while alternatives to plastics are developed.

How much funding will be made available to invest in growing recycling capacity and how quickly remains to be seen, but having such major brands ‘on board’ with the aim of developing the waste management sector in Africa, can only be a step in the right direction.

The vast majority of recent investment in plastics recycling facilities is in Europe and North America. AcuComm currently lists 143 active projects dedicated to plastics recycling around the world, worth US$2.7 billion in total or around US$18 million each. Of this, only seven projects are listed in Africa, worth US$87 million or US$12 million each. Four of these are in South Africa, with two in Algeria and one in Ethiopia. There is, therefore, plenty of scope for more recycling to be done across Africa, once the relevant infrastructure is in place.

plastic recycling by region

Source: AcuComm database. The pie chart shows the value of plastic recycling projects by region as of 1st April 2019. Click here to explore these projects globally.

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US$3,707 million worth of projects were covered by our researchers last week, including 15 new additions and 35 updates.

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#Editor’sPick – WtE & Biofuel Plants

Italy – WtE Plant

Construction of a waste-to-energy plant at a paper mill

Cartiera di Ferrara is working on plans to construct a waste-to-energy (WtE) pyrolysis plant and convert a mothballed paper machine to coreboard production. The facilities will be located at the Burgo paper mill in Duino Aurisina.

Due to its low environmental impact, the project will not be subject to an environmental impact assessment (EIA). When complete, the WtE facility will treat around 22,000 tonnes of waste from the paper production process and turn it into steam.

Catch up on the latest from this project.

Sweden – Biofuel Plant

Development of a biofuel plant

Earlier this month, it was revealed that E.ON Sveridge is planning to build a new biofuel-fired district heating plant in Norrköping.

KPA Unicon has been awarded a contract for the delivery of its Unicon WT70 bioenergy plant with a capacity of 70 MW. The facility will also have another 70 MW boiler and pellet system.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in autumn this year, with operations commencing at the start of 2022.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK WtE Facility

Construction of a >15 MW WtE facility

Significant progress has been made on a project to develop a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Haresfield, Gloucestershire after it was successfully connected to the National Grid.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Canada Plastics-to-Fuel Plant

Development of a plastics-to-fuel facility

BBL Energy is planning to develop a new facility in Johnstown, Ontario, that will convert plastics into light diesel oil and natural gas using unique pyrolysis technology.

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Weekly Projects Update – 40 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$2,355m

In the week ending 18th May 2018, AcuComm added 11 new projects and updated 29 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$2,355 million.

This brings the total number of active projects in the AcuComm database to 5,053. They have an estimated value of US$347.6 million.


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Global Waste Investment Fact File: Romania

AcuComm’s Chief Data Analyst, Andy Crofts, gives us a round-up of this week’s chosen country focus for the Global Waste Investment Fact File.


Next up in our 2018 series of the Global Waste Investment Fact File is the Romania edition. As of February 2018, AcuComm was listing 19 waste projects in the country. These have a total value of US$1,194 million or US$63 million each.


Key points from this Fact File
  • Incineration (with energy recovery) is the leading project type, accounting for US$798 million or 67% of the total. This is followed by biofuel, which accounts for US$125 million or 11% of the total.
  • The total estimated capacity of these projects is 2.7 million tonnes. This is equal to 140,336 tonnes per project on average.
  • This capacity is equal to 52% of Romania’s estimated annual waste generation at 5.1 million tonnes.
  • Waste investments totalling US$1,013 million are expected to become operational over the next few years. This is currently expected to peak in 2020 at US$317 million.


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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia WtE Plant

Proposed development of a WtE facility

Ballarat City Council, who has been planning to develop a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility since 2012, is planning to have a proposal ready by the end of the year.

The council currently spends around A$9 million per annum on disposing waste in landfill, so the facility will make big savings for the city.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Philippines Biomass Plant

8.8 MW biomass plant

It has been announced that a biomass plant in Lian is to be shut down in order to assess technical problems and determine what the future of the facility will be. Operations were earlier ceased by Aseagas due to a halt in the supply of organic effluent wastewater.

The plant first commenced operations back in October 2016, around two and a half years after construction began. Financial support was provided by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), and Aseagas also disclosed that it has repaid this outstanding loan.

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