Voltic (GH) Limited (Voltic) joined two basic schools in the Medie Community in the Ga West Municipality to undertake a clean-up exercise and an environmental care dialogue to mark World Environment Day (WED).
About 150 pupils from the Meyah Preparatory School and Joy2theWorld International Christian Academy came together to clean, weed, and desilt drains in a community near the Voltic Factory.
A statement from Voltic Ghana said the commemorative event formed part of Voltic’s drive towards sustainable environmental management and its aim of producing environmental ambassadors, especially in children.
Ms Cordie Aziz, the Executive Director of Environment360, Voltic’s partner in the Evolve PET recycling project, gave a short presentation on environmental consciousness, the statement said.
“We need to be conscious about the way we use plastics and how we dispose of them,” the statement quoted her as saying. “As young persons, it is important that you learn the habit of environmental cleanliness so you will grow to appreciate that an abuse of the environment in anyway, especially littering with plastic is harmful to sustainable living.”
Ms Aziz, according to the statement, said Evolve had been nominated for a SEED Award, which was an encouragement to Voltic and its partners."This recognition will urge us on to do more for society”.
In an interaction with the pupils after the clean-up exercise, the Commercial Manager of Voltic, Mr Raymond Mensah Gbetivi, said Voltic believed that shared prosperity was both the route to success for businesses and a core contribution to society.
“Evolve has proven to be a successful waste management project, with special focus on the segregation of plastic waste; a very fundamental concern in the recycling value chain,” he said.
He said Evolve has since its launch in October 2015, collected and recycled five metric tonnes of pet bottles; saying it was a remarkable feat for them and their partners, Environment360, the Government and the Plastic Waste Management Programme of Ghana.
“As we commemorate WED, we are fulfilling our promise to educate more than 10,000 children to help inculcate in them the importance of recycling in support of Goal 6 of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development,’’ Mr Gbetivi said in the statement.
“The natural mineral water bottling company understands that the long-term sustainability of its business depends on growing economies, healthy communities and the responsible use of scarce natural resources,” he said.
“These reasons are behind Voltic’s resource management programme in its operations; sponsorship of the annual Nkwanta Primary School conservation programme and the launch of the Evolve plastic recycling project.”
The WED was marked with the national team, “Join the Race to Green Ghana and Protect Wildlife.”