This category refers to both: plants set up to recycle waste materials for productive purposes, or innovative developments/facilities made from recycled materials. The project must bring environmental and social transformation by way of its demonstrable impact on the environment and in the lives of the people in community as a source of livelihood, etc.

  

 

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This category refers to both: plants set up to recycle waste materials for productive purposes, or innovative developments/facilities made from recycled materials. The project must bring environmental and social transformation by way of its demonstrable impact on the environment and in the lives of the people in community as a source of livelihood, etc.

  

 

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Best Recycle Project 2016

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Fri, 17-Jun-2016, 09:37
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Voltic Ghana Limted

Voltic Ghana Limited, one of the largest producers of bottled water in the country has launched a PET plastic recycling project to help reduce the amount of scattered plastic waste in the environment. The project which is done in collaboration with an NGO, Environment 360, was piloted in James Town, one of Accra’s fishing communities, where the project collected plastic waste bottles, processed it and exported it to be recycled into other materials to be used for polyester among others. 

Speaking at the official launch of the project at Cantonment in Accra, the Managing Director of Voltic Ghana, Philip Redman, said “We are a large contributor to plastic waste in the country, hence we want to use this medium [Evolve Community PET recycling Project] to cut down on the amount of waste in the environment. The project was piloted to measure the feasibility of a community PET waste collection scheme as well as testing the viability of a larger scale project.

Philip Redman further indicated that, since there is currently no recycling plant in the country capable of recycling PET waste, the company looks forward to a future where this can be done locally. The project collects, cleans and exports the plastic bottles to be recycled. Also speaking at the launch, the Executive Director of Environment360, indicated that, 8% of an estimated 13,000 tons of waste produced daily in Ghana is plastic. 

According to her, the Evolve Community PET Recycling project is the result of a “community request”.

She added that, “Evolve does not only help directly reduce the amount of plastic pollution in Ghana, but also helps to set the parameter for potential community collection schemes. 

“So far, about 100 individuals have bought the bags and registered for the programme with 50 kilogrammes of plastic bottles collected providing a reliable baseline data for the amount of plastic waste generated in private residences”.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has lauded the programme and said it provides a model upon which many of such environmental projects would be built. The ministry stated that “the small scale recycling sector will help provide employment; reduce the material from straying to drains to create problems”. 

The plastic packaging industry has grown tremendously since the 1990’s mainly through bottled water, laundry powder, margarine and cooking fat. Plastic wastes, including bottles and polythene bags, have increasingly become a huge portion of waste, posing environmental and health risks. In a bid to control the use of plastic bags, the Kenya government in 2007 set excise duty of 120 per cent on plastic bags. It also set a minimum thickness for all the plastics at 30 microns. By 2015, the local market will be handling nearly 400 million bottles as more manufactures adopt the packaging, according to Coca-Cola. This year, 250 million plastic packages, bought with various products, will have entered the environment.

Coco Cola Kenya

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola East and Central Africa is leading a new initiative to help tackle plastic bottle wastes with a recycling project already running in Kenya. Through an industry coalition with plastic bottle manufacturer Safepak Ltd and Highlands Mineral Water Company, the soft drink manufacturer recently launched the recycling project in Kenya with a view to replicating it in the region.

In Kenya, the three companies aim to recycle 70 per cent of plastic bottles they release to consumers by 2015. They have formed PET Recycling Company of Kenya (PETCO) to manage the project. The recycling company will be paying millions of shillings to Greenplast International, a recycling plant in Kikuyu Town on the outskirts of Nairobi, to crush the collected plastics for export to China.

PETCO will establish bottle collection points all over the region where waste collectors will deliver used bottles for sale before the bottles are taken for crushing.

According to Coca-Cola East and Central Africa public affairs manager Bob Okello, the company pays Greenplast, the crusher, Sh28,000 (US$350) for every metric ton of recycled bottles in Kenya.

China, the largest importer of recycled plastic bottles, uses the material for making new products such as body wear, duvet stuffing and apparels. Recycled plastics are also used to make polyester carpets for cars and ceiling insulation. In Kenya, the project could appease the government and environmentalists who have been scratching hard for ways to minimise plastic wastes, even including increasing duties on the product.

António Manuel Kawele Angola

In Angola, The project of inventor António Manuel Kawele called "From garbage to luxury", which aims to recycle materials collected from garbage and turn them into new object, received an honor of distinction with diamond-studded gold, awarded by the International Federation of Associations of Inventors (IFAI).

The deeds of the said inventor result from leftover materials collected from garbage and transformed into works of art, such as folders, slippers, necklaces, bracelets, and other articles. The purpose of inventor is the reuse of metals, plastics, textiles and other products that take a long time to decompose in the natural, thus contributing to a clean planet, taking into account the principle of technical and green technologies.

Some unemployed youths from the Hai/ om clan of San people are amongst 12 young people who have been employed at the Etosha Recycling Project. The project - a joint venture between the Ministry of Environment, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Namibia Breweries, Move-a-Mess and Collect-A-Can with assistance from the Strengthening of Protect Areas Network (SPAN) - was launched at Okaukuejo resort by Environment Deputy Minister Leon Jooste on Tuesday.

Jooste said the Etosha National Park Recycling Project will cover mainly tins, cans and bottles.
"There is a huge deposit of bottles coming out of the park, which needs our serious attention.
Recycling of waste is clearly the way ahead and not to do so is a major threat to our environment and the social and economic development of our country," said Jooste.

The Corporate Affairs Manager at Namibia Breweries, GideonShilongo, said his company views proper waste management and education on pollution and conservation of the environment as
critical to avert the destruction of the fragile Namibian environment. It is estimated that more than 30 tons of bottles and two tons of beverage cans year are discarded by at the Okaukuejo, Namutoni and Halali resorts in Etosha National Park.

Waste from the three resorts is sorted into different categories. Recyclable materials are then crushed, packaged and transported to South Africa for recycling. Jooste said the Etosha National Park Recycling Project will cover mainly tins, cans and bottles."There is a huge deposit of bottles coming out of the park, which needs our serious attention.Recycling of waste is clearly the way ahead and not to do so is a major threat to our environment and the social and economic development of our country," said Jooste.

The Corporate Affairs Manager at Namibia Breweries, Gideon Shilongo, said his company views proper waste management and education on pollution and conservation of the environment as critical to avert the destruction of the fragile Namibian environment.It is estimated that more than 30 tons of bottles and two tons of beverage cans year are discarded by at the Okaukuejo, Namutoni and Halali resorts in Etosha National Park.Waste from the three resorts is sorted into different categories.Recyclable materials are then crushed, packaged and transported to South Africa for recycling.

Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan kills two birds with one stone by proceeding to the launching of the project of collection, processing and recycling of plastic bags. The initiative at the same time answers the need to protect environment and the unemployment serious problem. According to the Prime Minister, the project estimated at 17 billion FCFA will create 10.000 jobs at term.

Ivory Coast is a big producer of plastic bags. It produces on average 20.000 tons every year. Not degradable products, plastic bags represent the main part of household waste in Ivory Coast.

“More than 50 % of this waste (40.000 tons / year is directly evacuated in streets, whereas less than 20 % of this is recycled and sorted out. The immediate consequence of this situation is the greater pollution of environment and more particularly water and the aquatic ecosystems“, indicated the Prime Minister.

Recycling is good but ban on production and marketing of not biodegradable plastic bags is better. In Togo for example, government encourages the use of biodegradable bags and formally forbids import and manufacturing of plastic bags subject to fines.

 

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