Morocco is a leading country in the Mediterranean in terms of promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns, green and circular economy, building on the Framework Law on the National Charter for the Environment and Sustainable Development (2010), which considers waste management a priority for a sustainable development.

In Casablanca, on the 30th of April 2022, the EU funded WES project, as part of a national activity implemented jointly with the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, organised a Brainstorming Workshop on the Structuring of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for plastic bottle waste.

Around 25 key stakeholders involved in this initiative from the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Industry, the private sector (producers, importers and bottle packers, collectors and recyclers) and civil society, participated in this workshop.

The Workshop aimed at supporting the improvement of the sorting, collection and recovery of packaging waste and in particular plastic bottles in Morocco and brought together different points of view and existing data to define an EPR model applied to plastic water and beverage bottles and subsequently establish a framework agreement and a roadmap.

During the workshop, the history and structure of similar schemes from Europe were presented to support and inspire the approach. In addition, points of views and visions of all stakeholders were taken into account, to outline the next steps for the implementation of an EPR model not just on PET bottles, but also on all packaging systems, in the long term.

This WES activity complements various efforts towards a green growth and circular economy in Morocco, and particularly those coordinated by the Delegation of the European Union to Morocco.

It is designed and implemented in cooperation with the Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption (SCP/RAC under UNEP/MAP, and the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable resource management (ACR+,