AFRICA: Bolloré launches “REcycle” solution for plastic waste management

Reusable thermal insulation kits for containerized transport, pallet covers for the pre- and post-routing of goods and aircraft pallet covers for air transport. These are eco-responsible solutions that Bolloré Logistics wishes to popularize with its customers. Through its new platform called “REcycle”, the subsidiary of the French group Bolloré intends to offer its customers the possibility of reducing single-use plastics.

“As an example, the use of reusable thermal insulation kits for 100 shipments will save 900 kg of plastic. In this way, we are already complying with the regulations that will ban the use of single-use plastics in transport and logistics”, says Odile Maarek, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Director at Bolloré Logistics.

According to the company, which employs more than 19,500 people worldwide, REcycle allows the company to fully outsource the management of consumables reuse for transportation and logistics, giving them the ability to verify asset availability. , manage inventory globally and facilitate sustainable returns logistics. via a dedicated web and mobile application.

An approach that accompanies the implementation of African legislation?

With a network of 600 agencies in 109 countries, particularly in Africa, the Bolloré Group is one of the world’s largest players in transport and logistics. REcycle’s offer is part of its CSR policy, called “Powering Sustainable Logistics”. This sustainable development strategy should enable the French company to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030. The launch of the REcycle solution comes in an African context marked by the adoption of laws aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic.

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In Rwanda, for example, in 2019, under the impetus of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), the country enacted Law 17/2019 on the prohibition of the manufacture, import, the use and sale of plastic items and carrier bags. Fines of up to 5 million Rwandan francs (about 4,900 euros) are foreseen for rogue users.

In Central Africa, the Cameroonian government banned non-biodegradable plastics in 2014. This ban, which covers the import, production and sale of single-use plastic items, responds to the observation that Cameroon produces more than six million tons of plastic waste. per year, according to Greenpeace. In neighboring Gabon, only 9% of the plastic waste produced is recycled.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

Bryce K. Locke