State of Bavaria supports development project

Sustainable waste management for Tunisia

Press release / September 11, 2019

The project for the modernisation of waste management in Tunisia under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT Sulzbach-Rosenberg is entering the implementation phase. In three model regions the cleanliness in the municipalities as well as the added value through recycling will be increased. At the same time, the pollutant load is to be reduced by collecting hazardous waste separately. The Bavarian State Chancellery is funding the project with EUR 960,000.

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The disorderly disposal of waste is to be improved in the project.
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New reloading stations should significantly increase the collection rate and reduce landfill.
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Overcrowded, old waste bins are to be replaced in the project by clean, managed »recycling areas«.

After the successful first phase, which was completed at the end of 2018, the modernisation of the waste and recycling management system in Tunisia will be continued with German support. Under the project management of the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, new jobs are to be created, the uncontrolled dumping of waste is to be avoided and thus environmental and landscape protection is to be improved, resources are to be recovered and, above all, the cleanliness of the cities is to be promoted. A comprehensive sub-project is planned for the exchange of knowledge and training programmes.

The Bavarian Minister of State Chancellery, Dr. Florian Herrmann, said at the presentation of the funding decisions: »Sustainable use of resources secures livelihoods for local people. The establishment of a sustainable waste and recycling management system improves the cleanliness of the municipalities and creates further value-added opportunities through recycling. At the same time, new jobs and training opportunities are created, including for skilled workers«.

Three model regions

In the three model regions Siliana (in central Tunisia, rather rural), Tabarka (located on the northern Mediterranean coast and characterised by tourism) and Douar Hicher (in the greater Tunis area with an urban character), several subprojects are now to be put into practice:

1. to improve the cleanliness of municipalities by setting up collection points under supervision

In all model areas, supervised collection points or supervised container sites are to be set up in the cities, which will replace overcrowded and partly unusable waste bins with rubble and refuse in the immediate vicinity. The clean »recycling areas« enclosed in green hedges are managed by local operators. The corresponding operator and business models will be developed in the project.

2. increase in waste collection through optimised waste transports

The construction of a »PLUS reloading station« in the Douar Hicher area is intended to achieve the greatest possible reduction in waste to be landfilled and to significantly increase the collection rate. As a result of the reduced landfill share and the separation and subsequent recycling of recyclable materials, a considerable reduction in climate-relevant emissions is expected.

3. establishment of composting in Tabarka and Siliana

The hinterland of the otherwise touristic town of Tabarka is characterized by agriculture. For this reason, the proportion of organic waste is estimated at 70 percent. At a suitable location, appropriate waste is to be collected and composted. The composting plant will be planned and built as part of the project.

4. collection and integrated treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

A separate collection by EAG is intended to achieve decontamination of municipal waste. At the same time, this will create the basis for recovering valuable resources. An EAG recycling plant already exists, but is not operating at full capacity due to the inadequate collection systems. As part of the project, the plant will be upgraded, supplemented by workstations for manual dismantling and equipped with a near-infrared detector for determining and sorting plastics and an eddy current separator for separating aluminium.

The project consortium consists of Fraunhofer UMSICHT, WtERT Germany GmbH and em&s GmbH and is funded by the Bavarian State Chancellery. On the Tunisian side, the Ministry for Local Affairs and Environment (MINEAT) and the Agence Nationale de Gestion des Déchets (ANGed) are involved as project partners.