US Embassy prompts Ghana to consider recycling its plastic waste.
The United States Embassy is stipulating that plastic waste recycling in Ghana could generate USD 300 million while creating five million jobs. This was communicated in a tweet following World Earth 2019. Apparently, over 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in Ghana every day. However, less than 2% is recycled as a result of the plastic waste flowing into the sea. If unchecked, it is expected that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
#DYK that over 3,000 tonnes of waste plastics are generated in Ghana every day – less than 2% is recycled? Yet, 82% of Ghana’s plastic waste could be recovered and recycled with existing tech into value-added products valued at 2bn GHC per year, creating 5m jobs. #EarthDay2019 pic.twitter.com/cIH1rLQbgK
— US Embassy Ghana (@USEmbassyGhana) April 22, 2019
Therefore, the US Embassy is suggesting that Ghana adopt technologies to aid the improvement of plastic waste recycling. Currently, there is a USD 20 million ultra-modern “Accra Waste Recovery Park” and state of the art recycling and compost plant boasting of its capacity to recycle waste into other useful materials or products. These facilities are part of the 2 per cent, hence, there is still need for more private investors to venture into this type of business.
His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is fully committed to its agenda of supporting the private sector in the transformation of solid and liquid waste management in a sustainable manner. ~@jsagyepong #AccraWasteRecoveryPark pic.twitter.com/v8Ut4ThBuk
— Zoomlion Ghana Limited (@ZoomlionLtd) April 5, 2019