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Turning plastic waste into paving stones in Ghana


Turning plastic waste into paving stones in Ghana

AGM/       Ghana has a significant issue with plastic waste: only 2 percent of the 22,000 tons produced annually is recycled. But a company is now taking up the fight against plastic waste by turning it into paving stones.

In Ghana, where residents regularly complain about dirt in the streets, a young engineer recycles plastic by making paving stones for road construction, according to an Africanews report.

Nelson Boateng CEO of NELPLAST GHANA LTD explains “Ghana produces 22,000 tons of plastics per year and only 2% is recycled so the government is wasting a lot of money to eliminate all its plastic waste with this technology we use all kinds of plastics except PVC for the manufacture of pavers which prove to be stronger than the concrete pavers we have”.

His company is an Integrated Environmental and Social Impacting Solution located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It started as a plastic recycling and production company in 2013 producing poly bags primarily to feed the demand for convenient carrier bags. It has evolved to become a change agent; a social and green-environment advocate, involved in the production of the acclaimed Eco Bricks”. This vision also sits firmly in the country’s quest to be a champion of cleanliness in Africa. Today, NELPLAST GHANA LTD employs 74 direct workers and over 300 indirect workers as plastic waste collectors and aggregators, the majority of whom reside within the Ashaiman-Katamanso enclave in Ghana.

Ebenezer owusu Marfo, Chief operating officer NELPLAST GHANA LTD underlines "as we do not have the adequate machinery to produce on large scales we are able to manufacture only 200 pavers, with 2000 kilos of material that we prepare every day".

Almost all types of plastics can be used, including plastic bags, which have been the subject of heated debate for several months in this West African country over whether or not to ban their use. Engineer Nelson Boateng is hoping to receive more support from the Ghanaian Environment Ministry, which has already used these paving stones in an area of ​​the capital most recently.


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