GETF works with private sector partners to advance sustainable development through public-private partnerships. Currently, GETF and its private sector partners are seeking to identify organizations with the mission, capacity, networks and infrastructure to provide sustainable collection and recycling solutions to plastic waste challenges in urban and rural settings across West Africa. This RFI will inform potential investments and partnership opportunities for social impact across West Africa.

Request for Information & Expressions of Interest Sustainable Solutions for Plastic Waste Collection and Recycling in West Africa

Please submit your qualifications and responses to Alexandra.Scott@getf.org by March 31, 2020. For any questions or clarifications, please email.

Purpose

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather market insights and best practices and identify organizations/entities working to improve the collection and recycling of plastic (PET preferred) in West Africa.  The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) is a leading non-profit that advances sustainable development through public-private partnerships.  GETF and its private sector partners are seeking to identify organizations with the mission, capacity, networks and infrastructure to provide sustainable collection and recycling solutions to plastic waste challenges in urban and rural settings across West Africa. This RFI will inform potential investments and partnership opportunities for social impact across West Africa.

Context

In Africa, although current data is limited, however, projections indicate that if significant improvements aren’t made to the waste value chain in Africa, 4.4 could increase to 10.5 million metrics tons by 2025.[1] In West Africa, urbanization, population growth and a rising middle class mean more waste and a growing need for innovative business, technology and community-based approaches to managing the challenge. While existing recycling infrastructure is limited, these countries are home to some of the most entrepreneurial, forward-thinking communities in the world. The ecosystem of social enterprises and NGO partners addressing plastic waste across markets is growing and GETF seeks information from potential partners to harness this shared opportunity to support communities in creating value and social impact together.

Information Requested

GETF seeks information and expressions of interest for one or more of the following countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Angola, Rwanda, Seychelles, Mayotte, Reunion, Madagascar, Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Cape Verde, Mali, Congo, Malawi, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Comoros, Chad, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone, Burundi

Questions

Please provide a brief overview and description of your organization.

Provide a brief description of how your organization is improving (or contributing to the improvement of) plastic waste collection and recycling (PET preferred)?

What plastic recycling organizations, networks and infrastructure exist in the target geographies where you work? How can these systems be strengthened or improved?  What is considered best practice in terms of creating a sustainable recycling ecosystem?

What new technologies or models for plastic collection and recycling should be scaled? Why?

In what countries and communities is your organization implementing plastic collection/recycling projects operating currently (or in the recent past)? In which of the countries listed does your organization have the capacity to work?

Please provide examples of 2-3 previous projects (scope, approach, partners, outcomes, impact, budget range) in which your organization successfully implemented activities to support sustainable solutions address plastic waste collection and/or recycling.

Note: GETF is particularly interested in approaches that include the following:

  • Market-based approaches
  • Women/youth empowerment
  • Value chain development/circular economy
  • Intersection of plastic waste and water (e.g. clean water access and watershed protection, urban/rural waterways, ecosystem protection)

Qualifications

The types of eligible organizations include:

  • Non-governmental organizations (including Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), chambers, unions, business support organizations, professional associations, federations, platforms, foundations)
  • Small/medium social enterprises
  • Multi/Bi-lateral organizations
  • Development cooperatives
  • Regional development agencies, regional development unions; or,
  • Capacity development institutes/centers.

Note: This RFI is issued solely for information-gathering and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment to issue any solicitation or funding opportunities.



[1] Challenges and emerging solutions to the land-based plastic waste issue in Africa (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X17305286)