A Swiss company has won a contract to recycle rubbish collected from the streets of the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The Alcyon group, based in canton Vaud, won the contract to produce fertiliser and compost from some 390,000 tonnes of household waste collected annually in Dakar.
"A provisional contract has been signed between the Swiss company and Senegal to make use of rubbish collected in the capital," said an official at the West African country's environmental and nature ministry.
The Swiss company specialises in tailor made recycling programmes, working in the field of bio waste, car and urban waste recycling.
French media and utilities group, Vivendi, and Canadian energy products group, Dessau-Soprin, bid unsuccessfully for the contract.
Alcyon is due to begin work on the streets of Dakar in January.
swissinfo with agencies