The Community Development Center (CDC) at Mananga neighborhood, in Beira (Mozambique) is not the same. Since 2016, the center – that aggregates several local associations and NGOs that provide services like legal assistance, education courses, health information, environmental awareness actitives, etc. – also hosts a community ecopoint.
The ecopoints are spaces where the local community can sell recyclable material and receive a payment per kg delivered. OJOLISC (Organização de Jovens Líderes para Servir a Comunidade – Organization of Young Leaders to serve the community), the organization responsible to manage the ecopoints, says that the ecopoint is collaborating to transform the life of the community.
“More than 50 people come here monthly to deliver plastic material and this makes a difference in their daily lives. Sometimes you see old men bringing a large amount of material and they will use this income to complement their house budget. Other times you see young people bringing material and using the payment to buy school supplies. And of course there are also kids that use the money to buy candies. In all these cases, they are learning to preserve the environment and improving their quality of life”, explains Zebedias Maguichire, program manager at OJOLISC.
Maguichire also tells that the ecopoint was performing so well, that the organization was able to raise finance with donors to buy a tricycle and now they not only receive the material at the ecopoint but also go around the community collecting material door-to-door. The monthly average of material received/collected per month is 230 kg.
The Mananga Ecopoint is one of the 5 ecopoints that sell material to 3R – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Lda. The company has a key role in enabling this value chain, once it pays in average 10 meticais per kilogram of material delivered. The material is taken to 3R’s Material Recover and Transfer Facility where it is cleaned, shredded and prepared to go to the recycling industry in Maputo. Once the material arrives at its final destination, it is transformed in new buckets, chairs and bags.
The benefits and beneficiaries of this virtuous cycle are many. To quote just some of them: the local community has a cleaner neighborhood, the citizens that deliver the material have an extra income, the association (OJOLISC) thrives, expands its activities and achieve their targets of environmental education and awareness, 3R is able to achieve economies of scale, the recyclers receive a steady supply of good quality material using less raw material in its production of new products.