Kwaiswam Strikes Deal For Plastics Recycling

PlasticThe KNUST-Africa Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management (KAISWAM)
and the Universal Plastic Products Recycling (UPPR),  have struck a partnership deal in which the two will collaborate to undertake active plastic recycling operations in Ghana.

As part of the deal, plastic buy-back-centres would be established across the country to feed the company’s recycling plants, while the Institute would be required to promote the collection of plastic waste.

The collaboration, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs, is aimed at exploring the business opportunities in plastic recycling industry in Ghana.

The buy-back-centres, according to the Institute, would offer money for the collection of plastic waste and serve as avenues for altitudinal change towards plastic waste in management.

Professor Ernest Yanful, Provost of the Institute, announcing the new partnership at the institute, said Ghana was facing a waste management crisis which needed urgent and innovative responses from all sectors.

“Plastic waste has become pervasive, a social and ecological nuisance, and a real menace that is threatening not only our environment, but also public safety and public health. This initiative will not only improve sanitation in our communities but would also bring sanity to the economy,” he said.

He explained that the Institute was committed to using its expertise and its state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to promote training and research that provides new insights into locally-appropriate approaches to plastic waste recycling.

“People will begin to appreciate the economic value in plastic waste and will have both reason and incentive to collect, store and sell the waste they generated. It will also serve as employment opportunities for many, especially the youth,” he stressed.

Touching on the challenges of plastic waste management, Dr. Bob Offei Manteaw, Director of Research, Innovation and Development of the Institute, was optimistic that through the collective efforts of the Institute and UPPR, “a new awareness and understanding will be created so people begin to appreciate the value of waste and adopt new attitudes and behaviors towards the handling of waste in both in business environment and households.”

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