Tunisia - Textile waste has been a long-standing problem in Tunisia, with most waste being exported or incinerated, contributing to environmental degradation.

The Fibre Conversion Company has found a way to address this issue by converting textile waste back into fibre before using it to produce highly demanded products such as rug pads, mopping pads, and mattress pads.

These products are sold in the local market and overseas, creating economic value that is significantly higher than that of exporting raw textile waste.

This innovative approach to waste management has had a significant impact in Tunisia, reducing waste in landfills and preserving the environment.

By finding ways to turn waste into useful products, the Fibre Conversion Company is also creating economic opportunities for the local population.

However, the existing tax regulations imposed on workers who collect and sell textile waste to the company are a major challenge. These taxes reduce the profit margins for workers and make it harder for them to make a living.

Legislation needs to be revamped, said the company's founder. State compensation of those who collect and buy textile waste is called for.

The Fibre Conversion Company's innovative approach to waste management is a beacon of hope in the fight against environmental degradation. It sets an example for other countries facing similar challenges, showing it is possible to turn waste into useful products while creating economic opportunities for local communities.

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