Local partnership in Morocco established to support plastic packaging MSMEs to shift to circular practices

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Under the umbrella of the global “SWITCH to Circular Value Chains” project, Circle Economy will implement a train-the-trainer program to support Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprises (MSMEs) in the plastic packaging sector in Morocco to adopt circular economy practices.  For the first phase of this program, Circle Economy has partnered with the Centre Technique de Plasturgie et de Caoutchouc (CTPC) to assess key training needs for the sector around the circular economy. 

‍The CTPC brings extensive access to the plastic industry in Morocco, as well as established expertise in training and capacity development, and will therefore serve as a key local partner in delivering an assessment of the current capacity and awareness of circularity with Moroccan companies.

‍“We are thrilled to have found such great and complementary partners in the CTPC. Our circular economy frameworks and tools, together with their vast experience with the plastics sector in Morocco, will ensure the content and methods we develop together are fit for purpose—and continue to serve their purpose long after the project’s end date.” — Hilde van Duijn - Head of Global Value Chains at Circle Economy.  

‍“We are delighted to partner with Circle Economy in this important project. I am convinced that we will succeed through our collaboration in implementing an effective Circular Economy approach within Moroccan companies; which I do believe will bring sustainable added value to all stakeholders. We’ll support and help the Circle Economy team to make this initiative a success and achieve its assigned objectives.” — ASSOU Youssef – General Manager of CTPC. 

‍This partnership will allow to:

  • assess current levels of awareness on the circular economy;
  • shed light on the financial, technical, and cultural barriers that are currently preventing producers from adopting circular strategies;
  • uncover relevant strategies to encourage the adoption of circular economy practices.

‍Between June and October 2023, Circle Economy and the CTPC will roll out an evaluation tool to achieve these goals and are looking to enroll MSMEs to participate in the assessment phase. 

‍Interested MSMEs can visit the CTPC stand at PlastExpo at El Jadida on June 7-10 to learn more about the program, or contact the CTPC team directly:

‍Laila Hassi ([email protected] / +212 662 861 707)

For general queries about capacity assessment and capacity development activities under the Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains programme, please contact the Circle Economy team:

Yasmina Lembachar ([email protected])
Camille Tahon ([email protected]

About Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains

Launched in 2020, SWITCH2CE is a five-year initiative that assists EU multinational companies and their suppliers from developing countries to switch to more circular economy approaches and practices in three selected value chains: Plastic Packaging, Textile & Garments, and ICT and Electronics. The overall objective of SWITCH to Circular Economy Value Chain Project is to support the “Transformation towards a circular economy”, including to contribute to sustainable growth, low carbon and climate resilient development, decent jobs creation, and safer, healthier and pollution-free environment. SWITCH is co-funded by the European Union and the Government of Finland, and implemented by UNIDO, in collaboration with Chatham House, Circle Economy, and the European Investment Bank. 

About Circle Economy

Circle Economy is a global impact organisation with an international team of passionate experts based in Amsterdam. We empower businesses, cities and nations with practical and scalable solutions to put the circular economy into action.  Our vision is an economic system that ensures the planet and all people can thrive. To avoid climate breakdown, our goal is to double global circularity by 2032.

‍Learn more at: www.circle-economy.com 

‍About the Centre Technique de Plasturgie et de Caoutchouc

The CTPC is a non-profit association created in 2005 by the Ministry of Industry in Morocco and the Moroccan Plastic Federation (FMP) with the financial support of the European Union. With a staff of doctors, engineers and experts in the field of polymers, it provides a specific value proposition in order to strengthen the development and technological integration of industrial companies in the field of plastics, rubbers, and composites. 

Learn more at: www.ctpc.ma