Greater Tripoli Invests $1 Million to Combat Plastic Pollution and Boost Recycling
By Faridat Salifu
In response to the escalating issue of plastic pollution in Greater Tripoli, Libya, a comprehensive plastic waste management project has been initiated in the municipalities of Souq Al-Jumaa, Abu Salim, and Central Tripoli. This vital environmental endeavor comes with a price tag of one million dollars.
Greater Tripoli remains steadfast in its battle against plastic pollution, and recent efforts have culminated in the launch of a significant plastic waste management project in the municipalities of Souq Al-Jumaa, Abu Salim, and Central Tripoli. This ambitious 30-month project has garnered support from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
The initiative stems from the recognition that addressing the adverse environmental impact, particularly in urban areas, requires a meticulous focus on air quality and municipal waste management. Considering that more than 85% of Libya’s population resides in cities, primarily along the northern coastal strip, UNOPS emphasizes the urgency of the situation. The primary goal is to enhance waste management services by adopting circular economy practices, such as recycling, with the ultimate aim of substantially curbing plastic pollution.
Tripoli, the largest city and capital of Libya, faced a dire situation in July 2021 when numerous beaches had to be closed due to pollution, primarily stemming from waste, including plastic. A month later, an additional stretch of approximately 30 kilometers of coastline was declared off-limits for bathing, further underscoring the severity of the pollution issue.
Beyond its environmental impact, the recycling of plastic waste in Greater Tripoli is expected to generate employment opportunities, particularly for young people venturing into the waste recycling sector. While specific project details were not disclosed, the Greater Tripoli regional authorities have committed one million dollars to fund this crucial endeavor.