The University of Ghana Plastic Recycling Project, in collaboration with the private sector and local government, has initiated a distinctive partnership that paved the way for a cleanup of plastic waste at Labadi Beach.
Employees from Voltic (GH) Limited, participants from the University of Ghana Plastic Recycling Project, and the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly collaborated to gather PET bottles for disposal. This joint effort was conducted in partnership with Beach Cleanup Ghana, a cleantech organization utilizing smart technology to enhance beach cleanliness in Ghana.
This marks the second cleanup this year, with the same partners coming together to address the issue of plastic waste impacting both the beach and the lagoon.
Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability Manager at Voltic (GH) Limited, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Worlasi Seddoh Bedu Mensah, said “The interconnected global challenges of packaging waste and climate change have made this a focus for our business and communities. The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners are taking a hard look at the packaging we use and how we can drive change,” “Our sustainable packaging strategy aims to create systemic change through a circular economy for our packaging – from how bottles are designed and manufactured, to how they’re recycled and reused.
She added that the company is actively engaging communities in recycling education through collection campaigns, on-package messaging, and more to promote a sustainable environment for everyone.
The main aim is to address the global plastic waste crisis necessitates collaborative efforts and agreement on shared principles and targets across sectors.
“We work with a range of stakeholders at a regional and local level. This includes partnering with governments and community organizations to strengthen recycling infrastructure and boost collection rates, collaborating with customers, peers and industry associations to shape public policy that supports a circular economy; and teaming up with suppliers, startups and R&D partners to fuel sustainable packaging innovation,” she said.