Voltic (GH) Limited, (Voltic) the largest producer of bottled water in Ghana, in partnership with Environment360, the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development and the Accra Plastic Waste Management Program has launched the second phase of its PET recycling programme (Evolve) in Accra.
Originally launched in October 2015, Evolve; was set up to measure the feasibility of a large scale community PET recycling project to address the post- consumer PET waste challenges faced in Accra. Evolve has since then signed on more than 200 households for the project, enabling Voltic and its partners to recycle over 400 kilogrammes of PET waste between October 2015 and January 2016.
Following this initial success, the project has been expanded through the distribution of 20 PET waste collection containers to various public and private locations. The containers, which were designed and developed by Voltic, have been placed at shopping malls, gyms, and selected gated residential communities throughout the Accra Metropolis. In addition to the containers, Voltic has also donated a truck to Environment360 to ensure the regular collection of PET waste from these locations as well as funds to embark on communication campaign.
Phillip Redman, the General Manager of Voltic who is very confident about Evolve’s impact on post -consumer PET waste management in Accra said “We are excited to give more community members the opportunity to recycle their plastic bottles through Evolve. Voltic has been a long standing supporter of a clean world by adopting sustainable practices in its own business model. We strongly believe that this landmark project will have a visible impact on communities throughout Accra. Our anticipation is to recycle a minimum of one metric tonne of PET waste through Evolve this year and help educate an estimated 10,000 children on the importance of recycling.”
Speaking at the launch, the Executive Director of Environment360, Cordie Aziz, also indicated that the project has the capacity to impact the landscape of Accra and the lives of children living in worst environmental conditions.
“Environment360 believes everyone has the right to live in a clean and healthy environment, regardless of economic status. Evolve is key, not only in giving individuals an opportunity to recycle, but also educating and empowering children in coastal and urban communities to find solutions to some of their most pressing environmental issues. Evolve has been designed to directly support goal 12 of the 2030 United Nations Sustainability Goals and we are confident with partners, like Voltic, the Government and the Plastic Waste Management Program we can have a real impact in the way plastic waste is handled in Ghana.“
Initiated four months ago, Evolve encourages community members to recycle their PET waste in order to help raise funds for environmental education in coastal and urban communities in Accra.
PET waste collected through Evolve is sold to a third party in order to raise funds for Environment360, an Accra based NGO impacting children in coastal and rural communities with better environmental sanitation habits.
According to industry experts in Accra, nearly 3,000 tons of waste is generated in Accra daily. It has been estimated that 8-12% of garbage produced is PET waste. In the past few years, PET waste has become a menace to water bodies and communities contributing to flooding in some neighborhoods.
Mr. Ebbo Botwe, Chairman of Plastic Waste Management Program, Ghana says “as the government’s designated arm to address the plastic waste issue in Ghana, we are very excited to be providing logistical support towards the success of Evolve. Education and adequate waste containers are often key components to recycling programmes. The Plastic Waste Management Program encourages all community members to support the recycling project wholeheartedly.”
The event was attended by Mr. John Pwamang, Deputy Executive Director of EPA. Naa Lenason Demedeme, Director of Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate, Dr. Simpson Boateng, Director of Metro Public Health Directorate, and Mr. Quaranchie Tettey, Director of Plastic Waste Management Programme Ghana.
PET bottles can be dropped off at the following locations Marina Mall, Oxford Street Mall, UT Bank (Osu) Palace Super Market (Flower Pot), Aviation Social Center, Max Mart (37), Kaya (Cantonments), Lizzy’s Sports Complex (East Legon). Other locations are Pippa’s Gym (Ridge), Maria’s Restaurant (Tema Community 8), Environment360 (Dzorwulu), Voltic Warehouse at Achimota, the U.S. Embassy, the British High Commission, Crystal Homes, Arabella and Emerald Homes, all in Cantonments, Accra.