Sustainable community recycling banks in Ghana

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Project summary

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.

Capital allocated to this project:

£3,000

Capital stewarded by

Ernest Nartey-Tetteh

From the field