Ernest Nartey-Tetteh is a Ghanaian entrepreneur building EazyWaste - financially sustainable community recycling banks, which collect plastic packaging within communities and transform them into high-quality plastic pellets for re-manufacture. The recycling banks are operated and managed by community youth.
Over 2.5 million tons of raw plastic is imported into Ghana annually, with over 70% resulting in waste. Since its inception, EazyWaste has reduced plastic waste in the community by roughly 145,000 kg total.
Ernest and his team have done this via a ground-up model that brings plastic waste recycling into communities.
This model is financially sustainable, straightforward to implement, and is easily replicated and scaled. It can create large-scale change wherever it is implemented, requiring only simple locally-made machinery.