Urban waste management is a growing problem in Mozambique. In many municipalities, the cost for the collection and treatment of waste is putting increasing pressure on municipal budgets and the continued practice of uncontrolled dumpsites is causing greenhouse gas emissions and significant health threats to urban populations.
3R believes that building waste treatment infrastructure is key to create the necessary volumes that will unlock the recycling value chain in the country.
In this sense, the company opened in late 2017 its first Material Recovery and Transfer Facility (MRTF) in Beira, the second biggest city in the country. The facility, with more than 10.000 m2 and capacity to process 30 tons/day, receives material from 3R’s clients and waste pickers and does the initial processing of these resources.
Currently, mainly hard plastic (HDP) and metal (aluminum cans) are shredded or bailed and prepare for onwards transport for national and international recycling industries.
The company intends to build three more integrated waste management facilities across the country in the next 3 years. The new facilities will provide a one-stop shop for waste in Mozambique, treating different waste streams: organic, recyclables, biomedical, and temporary hazardous storage.