Case story: Cycled Technologies decentralises recycling in Nigeria
A Norwegian company is creating one-stop shops for plastic recycling in Nigeria. These small units cost less than 1% of a typical facility and encourage local recycling.
Cycled Technologies, based out of Skien, Norway, has developed a modern solution to the problem of plastic waste. The company collects, sorts and sells used plastic in Nigeria, a large country with a population of 200 million people. Its latest idea is to decentralise plastic recycling and use the resulting material to manufacture new products, producing high value plastic items such as roofing tiles, electrical wall sockets and wall clocks.
" The philosophy of the company is to incentivise recycling.
We want to make recycling fun and rewarding for all participants in the chain. ”
Thor Sverre Minnesjord, CEO, Cycled Technologies
Cycled Technologies wanted to create a one-stop shop for sorting, shredding and injection moulding plastic. A smaller unit would fit in a standard shipping container, cost only USD 30,000 and be capable of processing 100 kilograms of material per day. As they would be located closer to sources of material, the units would drastically shorten logistics lines, saving time and fuel.
Through a Nopef-funded feasibility study, Cycled Technologies concluded that its idea was viable. The next step is to build a demonstration unit and study potential products for manufacture.