Eight major manufacturing companies in Ghana have taken steps to support government’s plastic waste management campaign.
Through the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE), the companies will conduct advocacy, public awareness and multi-stakeholder collaborations to push for the campaign to rid the country of the damaging effects of excessive plastic wastes.
GRIPE is an industry-led initiative under the auspices of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and currently has Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana, Dow Chemical West Africa Limited, Fan Milk Ghana Limited, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, Nestlé Ghana, PZ Cussons Ghana Limited, Unilever Ghana and Voltic (GH) Limited, as founding members.
The coalition, among others, seeks to integrate sustainable waste management solutions, advocate improved waste management practices, contribute to increased collection and recycling rates countrywide, and provide employment opportunities through scalable recycling solutions.
At the launch of the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) in Accra, Joyce Ahiadorme, who spoke for the coalition said, members acknowledged, collaboration across sectors was needed for prosecuting the agenda to move Ghana towards a plastic-free environment.
She added, “to address the issue of plastic waste management from an industry approach, plastic user companies, under AGI support, are leading through the formation of a more ambitious, centralized and systemic approach, thus the creation of GRIPE”.
Joyce Ahiadorme, outlined GRIPE’s programme of activities as including data collection and research, public advocacy, multi-stakeholder collaboration and the implementation of second life solutions.
Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Honorable Kofi Adda, said the initiative by industry is laudable and will go a long way to consolidate the new National Total Sanitation campaign and existing national policies on sanitation.
“We recently launched a National Total Sanitation campaign to tackle sanitation in our major cities. We recognize that Government cannot tackle the issue of sanitation and plastic waste alone, hence the efforts by industry to rise up to the challenge and help make a difference, this time around, is laudable and worthy of every support they may require to succeed”, he said.
He urged other manufacturing companies to join the coalition to tackle the menace of plastic waste in the country.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by members of the coalition at the launch event to signify the formalisation of their commitment and to guarantee the pooling of resources towards the attainment of the set objectives of GRIPE.
The launch event was well patronised by stakeholders in the sanitation and waste management space including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ministry of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation, among others.