Nestlé Ghana has donated 20 new tricycles, 1,060 gloves, 60 waste picking tools, and overall with reflectors to the Pure Water Waste Collectors Association to enable the group to collect more plastics for recycling.
Supported by the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Nestlé and the Pure Water Waste Collectors Association signed a partnership in 2019 where the association received 20 tricycles, 1,500 waste picking tools, over 1,200 nose masks, as well as health and safety training to empower them to collect plastics in communities for recycling. This donation brings to 40 tricycles donated to the Association since the inception of the partnership with Nestlé Ghana.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Georgios Badaro, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana noted that finding sustainable solutions to plastic waste requires continuous effort and strategic partnerships. “It is important to note that the issue of plastic waste in Ghana cannot be fully resolved without strong collaboration between private sector and Government, we will continue to work with Government and other stakeholders to improve collection and recycling of plastic waste. By doing this, waste collectors will be enabled economically while helping protect the environment”.
Since the inception of the partnership between Nestlé and the Pure Water Waste Collectors Association, plastic waste collection has increased because of the use of the tricycles to improve transportation of plastic successfully collected for recycling.
Elvis Oppong, President of the Pure Water Waste Collectors Association shared the group’s gratitude to Nestlé and MESTI and reiterated their commitment to continue collecting and recycling more plastic waste to help save the environment.
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister for MESTI acknowledged the commitment and efforts of Nestlé and the Waste Collectors in the management of plastic waste. He noted that Government is putting together a holistic policy to address plastic waste and urged the public to be responsible by segregating waste.
By 2025, Nestlé commits to make its packaging 100% recyclable or reusable.
Internally, Nestlé Ghana has eliminated all single-use plastics in its offices and provided waste bins for segregation. Earlier in August, Nestlé Ghana planted over 100 trees in selected schools in Tema, planted 30 in its own facilities, and donated Waste segregation bins as well as handwashing stations to the schools as part of its employee volunteering program known as Nestlé Cares.