GRIPE Community Buy-Back Project; How Ayigya Community Benefited as YAFO-KNUST Joins

It was another episode of the buy-back project which is purposely for the purchase of plastic waste from inhabitants and also creating sanitation awareness. On Saturday, 29th February 2020 saw the outreach team of GRIPE extending the buy-back project to inhabitants at Ayigya in the Oforikrom Municipality in Ashanti Region.

It was a day-long event commencing with sanitation awareness campaign through the community as members of the team engaged community members. The team afterward stationed near the Ayigya market, where the plastic wastes were weighed and bought from members of Ayigya Community. The buy-back Project aims to create awareness on proper disposal of waste; to make residence know the need to segregate waste; the opportunity to convert plastic to a resource after usage and profit from plastic.

Young Africans for Opportunities (YAFO) joined GRIPE at the Ayigya Community in the Oforikrom municipality in the Ashanti region. The buy-back and community engagement programme was organized by GRIPE in collaboration with Premiere Waste as YAFO volunteers at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology helped collect tons of plastic within the Aboabo community. Ms. Naa Ayorkor Osae was a volunteer who participated willingly to gain experience as she aspires to undertake an initiate in plastic recycling. Also, other volunteers were sourced from organizations including Recycle Up, Harns Sanitation and Waste Management and Ecocent.

Immense assistance was given by Hon. Ali Sambo, the assemblyman, to enable a smooth organization of the event to benefit the residents of the Agigya Community. Also, Mr. Kwame Yawson and Mr. Edmund Arthur Brown, the project manager at GRIPE and CEO of Premiere Waste respectively, were on grounds to enable a successful event.

The members of the community who participated by bringing their plastic waste were excited and enthused. Others were also inquiring about the next episode so they could gather more plastic and profit at the end.

The team recorded a total of 1,236 kg tonnes of plastic waste at the end of the community buy-back project at Ayigya.

The Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) is an industry-led coalition formed under the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) with a stake in the plastics sector to integrate sustainable waste management solutions, particularly around plastics. GRIPE was founded in November 2017, the founding members are Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana; Dow Chemical West Africa Limited; Fan Milk Ghana Limited; Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited; Nestlé Ghana Limited; PZ Cussons Ghana Limited; Unilever Ghana and Voltic (GH) Limited. Additional members include Mohinani Group, KGM, and Fine Pack.

The community buy-back project is one that needs commending because it is educating the populace on plastic waste disposal as well as creating an avenue for the populace to profit as well.

Article by

Nathaniel Dwamena

He is a free-market advocate and Programs Manager at Young Africans for Opportunities (YAFO).

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