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3R Ecopoint Network

The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of plastic leakage into the Indian Ocean in Vilanculos. This small city, located in front of Bazaruto Archipelago (Mozambique’s first declared marine protected area), has 78 km2 and 55 thousand inhabitants. Currently, the waste production is approximately 19 tons/day, being 2,7% of it plastics. During 12 months, 3R will establish. in partnership with the NGO ParCO, 2 ecopoints to receive and buy plastic waste from the local community, especially from waste pickers. The material will be sorted, processed, and sent to recyclers within and outside Mozambique.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure11. Sustainable Cities and Communities12. Responsible Consumption and Production14. Life below Water
  • Waste pickers : In places like Vilanculos, where there is no selective waste collection, the waste pickers play a big role, salvaging reusable or recyclable materials thrown away by others to sell or for personal consumption. Although their work has a positive environmental impact for the entire community, they are still socially excluded and seen as criminals, pariahs or failures due to the usual stereotype of the poor men, almost always dirty, who wander through the city’s streets carrying sacks full of objects found in the waste containers.
  • Environment : The Vila de Vilanculos is located in front of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, one of the largest marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean. Currently the village produces ~7.000 tons of waste per year and only has municipal dumpsite. The waste collection is still a challenge, which represents a lot of materials, specially plastic leaking to the ocean environment.
  • Local NGOs : Local associations and NGOs already promote several initiatives around plastic collection in Vilanculos, such as beach cleaning events. However, they lack final destinations to the material removed from the environment. In this project 3R establishes strong partnerships with ParCO, a local NGO focused on community development, to create new value chains for collected plastic material to ensure its recycling.
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Our actions

Setting up an ecopoint network - secondary collection points that receive and buy recyclable waste
Developing and carrying out a communication campaign/open air events to encourage reduction or better management of waste
Setting up a Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
Selling and sending the processed material to recycling industries in Mozambique and abroad
No. of new MRF operational /opened

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Target: 1
Number of ecopoints opened

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Target: 2
No. of events organized to communicate to general public

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Target: 2
Amount of material collected/ managed (kg)

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Target: 20000
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Our outcomes

Reduced waste volumes in local dumpsites/Increased recycled volumes
Increased awareness in waste management and recycling
Increased revenue for waste pickers and local entities (NGOs and associations)
Sustainable plastic waste materials value chain developed
perception of financial situation by waste pickers

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Target: 80%
Total income generated for citzens/waste pickers

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Target: 100000
Total number of waste pickers

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Target: 100
Total income generated for EME (MZN)

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Target: 20000
kg of material recycled

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Target: 20000
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Our impacts

Sustainable incomes for waste pickers created
Improved recognition of waste pickers role by society
Reduced negative impacts on the environment from plastic pollution
Empowerment of waste pickers
perception of societal value of their work by waste pickers

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Target: 80%
Number of job positions created by the project

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Target: 11
perception of quality of life by waste pickers

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Target: 80%
Perception of plastic pollution by our partner NGO

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Target: 70%

Who we are

Maíra Valladares
CEO 3R
Sungai Chingava
Operations manager at 3R Vilanculos
Juliet Lyon
Executive Director at ParCo
Ilidio Cole
Project Coordinator at ParCo

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