Apr 2019
 Pilot Plastic Management and Recycling Project for TOTAL Host communities People
PortHarcourt, Nigeria
19 Apr 2019 to 1 Apr 2022
Is this event associated with a learning outcome?
Does the event include an objective assessment of learning?
Duration of event
36 Months
Programme Area
Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Local Development, Other
Event Focal Point Email
Event Focal Point Contact Number
412 2917 8400
Registration method
Private – by invitation
Mode of delivery

Pollution reduction is an essential step needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in Agenda 2030. To aid in this regard, in 2019, UNITAR’s Division for People and Social Inclusion partnered with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Total Energies Nigeria to create a recycling plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, empowering members of the Elelenwo community in the process.

The recycling plant, inaugurated in February 2022, is vital in reducing the amount of plastic being disposed of in the local rivers, canals, and other areas within the community. This pollution has a direct negative impact on surrounding nature and on the health of those who encounter it. Pollution reduction has an overarching impact on the health of the earth and its inhabitants and by extension, sustainable development.

The second objective is to develop a sustainable model where local entrepreneurs will be empowered, trained, and supported to run the business, thereby supporting local enterprise while promoting sustainable waste management in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 12, which calls for sustainable consumption and production patterns”.




Event objectives

The programme aims to implement a pilot plastic waste recycling plant to act against waste plastic pollution by improving technical and entrepreneurial skills in the value chain in Host communities.

Content and Structure

The programme aims to Identify of small-medium scale businesses in the value chain;

Promote public awareness of plastic waste disposal and environmental management within the Host Communities;

Build capacity in modern plastic waste management and effective small-scale business management;

Facilitate basic training and mentoring in machine operations;

Train beneficiaries in Health Safety and Environment. 



The programme deploys donor funds into Investments in improved equipment while UNITAR facilitates technical skills-strengthening sessions through the use of role-plays, simulations and demonstrations.

Targeted audience

Beneficiaries are small-scale plastic recyclers, unemployed young men and women from host communities involved in collecting, sorting, pelletizing and production of plastic ware.