The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has launched a project which seeks to recycle plastic waste for construction purposes.
The project which is being piloted under the auspices of the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) is expected to reduce the volume of plastic waste in the country.
This forms part of steps by the member manufacturing companies to support government’s plastic waste management campaign. The pilot technology targeted in the Ashanti region will see plastic waste processed into a material that replaces sand in the molding of concrete blocks.
The blocks will be used to construct toilet facilities in the region as part of efforts to assist the Sanitation Ministry’s projects to build affordable toilets across the country.
Research from the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 20 percent of the 300 tons of plastic waste generated in Ghana daily is collected while less than 25 percent is recycled.