MOSSUP : Moroccan Supermarkets Tackling Single-Use Plastic.

Disseminating information on environmental protection and the fight against climate change.

An initiative of Association Marocaine pour la Protection de l'Environnement et du Climat / ASMAPEC

Overview of the project

The “Moroccan Supermarkets Tackling Single-Use Plastics” (MOSSUP) project is an initiative whose design began at the end of 2019 as part of a feasibility study on how to improve the management and recycling of plastic waste in Morocco and reduce plastic pollution of the environment and fatal incidents to animals. This initiative has led to the creation of a partnership between several Moroccan ministries, non-governmental organisations, supermarkets, waste collection and management cooperatives and plastic recyclers.

At the end of 2020, the stakeholders agreed to launch a joint pilot project in 2021, in two Marjane shops in Rabat and Salé. The project (MOSSUP) is a concept that enables the collection of clean PET bottles in retail shops, guaranteeing a high level of material quantity and quality, customer involvement and the inclusion of waste collection cooperatives. The system works in such a way that Marjane shop customers can drop off their PET bottles while they shop and receive loyalty points in return. The bottles are collected in a manual PET bottle collector, and are transported, pressed and packaged by a local waste collection cooperative. In a final step, the bottles are recycled into high quality recycled PET resin (rPET), which can be used again for direct food contact uses, such as new bottles.


Improving the management and recycling of plastic waste in Morocco and reducing environmental pollution from single-use plastics.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

10 May 2022 - project still in progress

Quantitative results

a) Collect approximately 160,000 PET bottles

b) Achieve a collection rate of one tonne per shop per month

c) Save 3,500 kg of CO2 emissions and prevent the release of 2,500 kg of plastic

d) Create 2 full-time jobs in a local waste management cooperative.

Qualitative results

a) Kick off the pilot project at Marjane de Hay Riad, and extend it to Marjane Salé after 2 months

b) Mobilise shop customers to reduce pollution and have a natural sense of civic responsibility

c) To enhance the value of these bottles by recycling them from bottle to bottle at the “SUMILON Eco” company. SUMILON Eco PET”.


Par le partenaire

About the

Association Marocaine pour la Protection de l'Environnement et du Climat / ASMAPEC

Abdelghani MAROUFI

Our activities and areas of work: a) Dissemination of information on environmental protection and the fight against climate change through workshops, awareness-raising days, study trips and art competitions, b) Capacity building of NGOs on the management and themes: climate, biodiversity, water, forests, wetlands, marine and coastal environment, energy and the fight against pollution by single-use plastic, c) Publication of documents, thematic guides, manuals and audiovisual support on environmental protection and education on climate change… ASMAPEC is an NGO member or observer in the following organisations: IUCN, UNFCCC, ipbes, UNEP, CBD, MIO-ECSD, RAED, AMCDD, IUCN/CN Morocco.

A project
in collaboration

    Impact-driven company qui croit à l'éradication des déchets de plastique de la source.

    Willemijn Peeters
Other partners / supporters

Les partenaires du Projet:
– Ministère des Affaires Etrangères de la Hollande,
– L’entreprise hollandaise ‘Searious BUSINESS’,
– Ministère de l’industrie et du commerce,
– Ministère de la Transition Energétique et du Développement Durable,
– Fédération Marocaine de la Plasturgie,
– Grands Supermarchés (Centres commerciales) : Marjane, Carrefour,…
– Association Marocaine pour la protection de l’Environnement et du Climat/ASMAPEC
– Coopératives de tri et de valorisation des déchets dans les villes concernées par le projet.