Deekali Plastic Project is the first plastic credit project in Africa to meet the stringent requirements for registration for the VERRA Plastic Waste Reduction Standard
What are plastic credits?
At ACC, we invest in regional collection and recycling infrastructures for plastic refuse, resulting in plastic credits. These plastic credits are measurable, verifiable, and transferable units that help companies participate in the circular economy and become plastic neutral. Plastic credits advance the efforts to integrate a voluntary and internationally standardized solution that allow companies to achieve a net-zero plastic footprint by purchasing plastic credits.
In 2016, Senegal produced over 250,000 tons of mismanaged plastic waste, making it the 21st biggest ocean polluter globally. In 2015, Senegal banned thin polythene bags. However, without enforcement, single-use plastic products are still widely sold and used, and can be found littered along Senegal’s coastline.
Deekali Plastic Recovery West Africa
Is a waste reduction program to recover and recycle plastic waste throughout Senegal. The Deekali project was initiated and coordinated by Africa Carbon & Commodities (ACC) with its local partners throughout Senegal.
We joined efforts with local partners
ACC’s partners specialize in collecting and recycling plastic. Since 2016 a total of 11,464 tons of plastic waste has been collected, and 9,771 tons of plastic have been recycled. The Deekali project follows a simple yet systematic way of collecting, recycling, and selling recycled plastic to manufacturers
Senegal is considered the key to facilitating a plastic waste reduction program in combating the unmanaged plastic refuse in this region
Plastic credits are needed to fund capital, operational expenses, and other future expansion. Credit financing is crucial for the Deekali project to continue and achieve long-lasting results.
- Significantly decrease plastic waste in West Africa. In 2022, it was reported that 30,000 plastic tonnes were recycled.
- Critically reduce the use of plastic by manufacturing companies, thus, eliminating plastic waste from landfills.
- Generating dignified jobs in the plastic waste recovery and recycling fields. Every 12 recycled plastic tonnes create one job position, which equals 2,500 jobs creation in 2022.
- Spread awareness across Senegal about the threat of plastic refuse, collection and recycling, and alternative solutions to plastic packaging.
- Establish a plastic waste separation system within Senegalese households.
- Support recycling companies to upgrade their infrastructure and improve working conditions.
- Provide solar containerized compression units at collection sites.
- Switch to energy-efficient machinery for higher performance.
- Expand the operational system to include recycling of PET plastic.
- Expand the production of industrial plastic plates for lumber.