GHANA: 2 projects on circular economy and plastic waste launched in Accra
According to Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, “Both projects are in line with Ghana’s National Plastics Management Policy 2018, which calls for the application of circularity principles in the management of plastic waste. Kwaku Afriyie said so during the official launch of the Circular Economy Center and Plastic Waste Management Program in the capital Accra.
Supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Affairs Canada, a Canadian federal government department, these initiatives will support many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in waste management and water conservation. environment in Ghana.
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According to UNIDO Representative in Ghana and Liberia, Fakhruddin Azizi, the two projects will contribute to the achievement of several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the West African country. These include SDG 5 on gender equality, SDG 9 on innovation and infrastructure, and SDG 13 on climate action.
According to Yougbare Ibrahim, a member of the National Association of Plastic Recyclers, Ghana only recycles 3% of its plastic waste. This observation motivated the entrepreneur Nelson Boateng to launch his start-up Netplast in 2013 in the municipality of Kpone Katamanso. The company recycles nearly a ton of plastic bags a day to make pavers for road repairs. These cobblestones are made by mixing plastic bags with 20% sand and are then sold for $1 each.