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How Gaza’s plastic factories are betting on recycling

Plastic factories in the Gaza Strip seek to develop the local production of products through recycling, and break the reliance on imported goods.
Palestinian labourers sort plastic containers before they are recycled in a factory in Abasan in the southern Gaza Strip October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA POLITICS ENVIRONMENT) - RTXPZTI
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Ramlawi Plastic Factory, located east of Gaza City, is making strides in the local plastics industry by recycling plastic and scrap for use in its products. This comes at a time when Gaza's plastics factories face numerous obstacles due to Israel’s ban on the entry of raw materials for plastics industries.

“There is a growing trend in our factory and other factories to use plastic waste in the industry in light of the Israeli ban on raw materials into Gaza,” said Khalil Ramlawi, the director of the factory's marketing and quality department.

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