Ghana produces a lot of waste that includes PET plastics. According to some estimates, Ghana’s capital city – Accra alone generates approximately 1 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year – and the proportion of PET scraps in this waste has risen considerably over the years. PET bottles account for bulk of the plastic scrap generated in Accra and some of them are exported to Asia for recycling. However, a significant amount of PET scraps end up in landfills.
To address this scenario, Ghana Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) has recently announced plans to start a state-of-the-art collection and recycling facility for PET bottles. This is expected to greatly help Ghana recycle its waste where recycling and reuse rates are still one of the lowest in the world.
The facility is said to be built within 2 to 3 years’ time at an investment of about Euro 400 million that will include cost for infrastructure, modern machinery and technology.
Ghana has been making efforts to revamp its waste management in tune with the President’s aim of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020.
African Resilience Collaborative (ARC) has also proposed the creation of eco-industrial parks in all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to address Ghana’s rising waste challenges. The proposed parks are to be equipped with recycling facilities for all major waste categories including plastic, which could be recycled into useful secondary products.
More about PET recycling in Africa at CMT’s 19th MEAPET
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