Sustainable elimination and management of plastic waste on islands.

Location: Kerkennah, Tunisia

Duration: 3 years (January 2021 – December 2023)

Overall project budget: €1,000,000

Financial and institutional partners: French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), Earthwake

Local partners: Commune de Kerkennah, Ministère des Affaires Locales et de l’Environnement, Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral (APAL), Agence National de Gestion des Déchets (ANGED)

Since 2019, Kerkennah Island has had an Island Committee as part of the SMILO labeling process. This body has identified waste management, and plastics in particular, as a key issue. Building on initiatives already underway, SMILO aims to take forward work already underway on the collection, treatment and recovery of used plastic traps from fishing activities. Ecosystems are already paying the price, but today it’s also the islanders’ quality of life that’s being affected.
With a view to initiating an effective transition, SMILO has teamed up with Earthwake to go one step further, with the aim of stimulating more sustainable management of plastic waste. Earthwake has created a unique low-tech machine: the Chrysalis 40, which is today the only functional low-tech pyrolysis machine that can go directly to polluted areas, encouraging the collection of plastic waste and providing a source of energy.
The installation of a Chrysalis 40 on the island of Kerkennah will make it possible to recycle plastic waste that cannot be recycled because it is soiled. Local employees will be trained in the use and maintenance of the machine.

Funded by
NatureXpairs, the French Hub for Protected Areas & People
NatureXpairs, the French Hub for Protected Areas & People
NatureXpairs, the French Hub for Protected Areas & People
In support of
NatureXpairs, the French Hub for Protected Areas & People
The French Hub
for Protected Areas & People
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