Voltic Ghana Limited, one of the largest producers of bottled water in the country has launched a PET plastic recycling project to help reduce the amount of scattered plastic waste in the environment.
The project which is done in collaboration with an NGO, Environment 360, was piloted in James Town, one of Accra’s fishing communities, where the project collected plastic waste bottles, processed it and exported it to be recycled into other materials to be used for polyester among others.
Speaking at the official launch of the project at Cantonment in Accra, the Managing Director of Voltic Ghana, Philip Redman, said “We are a large contributor to plastic waste in the country, hence we want to use this medium [Evolve Community PET recycling Project] to cut down on the amount of waste in the environment.
The project was piloted to measure the feasibility of a community PET waste collection scheme as well as testing the viability of a larger scale project.
Philip Redman further indicated that, since there is currently no recycling plant in the country capable of recycling PET waste, the company looks forward to a future where this can be done locally.
The project collects, cleans and exports the plastic bottles to be recycled.
Also speaking at the launch, the Executive Director of Environment360, indicated that, 8% of an estimated 13,000 tons of waste produced daily in Ghana is plastic.
According to her, the Evolve Community PET Recycling project is the result of a “community request”.
She added that, “Evolve does not only help directly reduce the amount of plastic pollution in Ghana, but also helps to set the parameter for potential community collection schemes.
“So far, about 100 individuals have bought the bags and registered for the programme with 50 kilogrammes of plastic bottles collected providing a reliable baseline data for the amount of plastic waste generated in private residences”.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has lauded the programme and said it provides a model upon which many of such environmental projects would be built.
The ministry stated that “the small scale recycling sector will help provide employment; reduce the material from straying to drains to create problems”.
As part of the project, big polythene bags are being sold for GHS 20. This will serve as receptacles for the waste plastic bottles.
Households are expected to segregate their waste materials and keep the plastic bottles in these bags for onward collection.
Environment360 is an Accra-based NGO that believes children are powerful change agents that can transform communities into cleaner and greener spaces.
By: Kwame Botchway/citifmonine.com/Ghana