A project where the protection of the environment becomes a valuable way for creating new social-economic opportunities empowering youth and women, assuring them access to education and means to improve their economic situation and life standards

5 milions

bottles collected


collectors improve their lives

1.2 MLN (2001) to 21.0 MLN (2010)

increase of PET plastic containers


CIFA Onlus is an Italian NGO, based in the North of Italy, working to create a context in which all children, families and communities have access to information and skills needed for being aware of their rights. In the next 10 years they would like to encourage the leading role of children and youth inside their families and communities, for them to become actors of an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable future. 100%Plastic aimed at creating social-economic opportunities, arising from the recycling of plastics, for vulnerable categories (400 plastic collectors, 80% of them are women). The focus also on the environmental protection to allow every child to grow in a clean and healthy world, with interactive workshops involving approximately 42,000 children from primary and secondary schools. Cifa onlus contrasting environmental pollution by strengthening sustainable economic practices such as recycling of plastic materials and awareness raising

life expectancy

We want to empower vulnerable categories by providing them with means that can modify their life expectancy for the better. In this context, the protection of the environment becomes a valuable way for creating new social-economic opportunities.
OTB is crucial in setting up the logistics system of recycling, with the creation of a centre for storage, accumulation, pressing and shipping of plastic waste conferred by collectors, to be sent to Addis Ababa. This will be achieved by setting up the storage site, training collectors on using the pressing machine, working on their communication skills and modalities of differentiation of plastic and PET.
We aim at the valorization of work and services rendered by plastic collectors, providing them with vehicles for the collection of plastic material, work material, machines and equipments.

The management of solid waste (SW) in Ethiopia is critical and the use of PET is growing: PET plastic containers for water consumption increased from 1.2 ML in 2001, in 21.0 ML in 2010 (2009/10/01-CSA Report 2000); the shortcomings of the SW collection system cause the straggle and the accumulation of plastic abandoned near rivers, residential areas, roads, sewers and channels with subsequent clogging floods during the rainy season, reducing the ability of the soil to retain water and increased soil infertility. In the town of Hawassa (356,086 inhabitants), population growth (+4.8%) and economic development has led to increase of SW with an esitmated total SW d of 441 t/d. Current disposal of SW takes place in an approved open-air landfill site and in illegal dumping areas. The disposal occurs without any separation. The community has only 2 truck compactors and employs 1,050 people for street cleaning. 238 collectors (gathered in 6 formal associations of which 80% are women) and about 150 informal collectors who deal with the collection of SW door-to-door (covering about 50% of the population). These people are part of the poorest sections of the population, and operate with inadequate facilities and equipment. The awareness of public authorities and citizens is largely still to be built


Barakat Tungamo

Labeling and sorter

Barakat is 18 years old and her biggest dream is going back to school. She lives nearby the disposal plant, with her mother and two brothers. She monthly earns a good wage, significantly helping her family and finally hoping for a better future

Selamawit Thegaye

Labeling and sorter

Selamawit works at the refuse disposal plant, labeling and sorting the different types of plastic arriving every day. She is responsible for the living of her three sisters and two brothers and can take care of them thanks to her job, hoping other women will want to follow the same path

Tsehay Hayisso

Pressing machine operator

Tsehay works as pressing machine operator, transforming the 1 ton of plastic collected every day in Hawassa. Tsehay has four children and she finally is not dependant on the small income of her husband, being able to contribute to the family economy. She feels empowered by her job and she can provide education for her kids