Ghana is set to get its first waste-to-diesel energy recycling plant, as the Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association readies to establish a £5 million recycling facility.
The plant, to be located at Akunse in the Eastern Region, will transform sachet water waste into carry-bags which, after use, will also be converted into diesel fuel.
The project is a collaboration between the Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association and P2D Recycling Limited of Germany.
“We will be converting sachet water waste into carry-bags. Now, after the carry-bags have been used, it will again be converted into diesel fuel, and this fuel will be much cleaner than the one we are getting from the Tema Oil Refinery,” president of the association, Ebow Botwe, said.
The building for the plant is almost complete and once we get all the certifications, the machines are ready in Germany and will be shipped to Ghana,” he said.
The plant has between 25,000 and 30,000-litre per day capacity and is expected to be ready before the middle of next year.
Apart from this project, he also disclosed that other three plastic waste recycling plants will be established by some members of the association.
“We are putting money into recycling; some of our members, particularly the Mohinani Group, have agreed to set up two recycling plants, to be located at Agbogboshie and Ashaiman, to convert plastic waste into useful products for local consumption and export,” he said.
“Beyond that, the issue now has got much to do with PET bottles because companies are now shifting from glass bottles to PET.
But that problem will soon be a thing of the past. Blow Group of Companies has taken the initiative by investing in a plant worth £4 million. This plant should be operational in August next year,” he added.
The plant to be operated by the Blow Group is a 120,000kilos-per-hour facility and will be situated in Tema.
It will also be converting plastic bottle waste back into PET bottles and is expected to drastically reduce the amount of plastic and PET bottle waste in the country.
“At the end of the day, we should have nothing left in our streams and water bodies, and in the refuse dumps. We expect this to drastically reduce the quantum of plastic bottle waste.”
Industry data shows that currently, recycling companies are able to handle only 20 percent of the tonnes of the flexible plastic waste that inundates Ghana’s environment.
It is estimated that the country loses billions of Cedis to poor waste management. The situation is also directly linked to the rampant outbreak of cholera and malaria in most communities across the country.
Apart from the adverse effects on human lives, poor waste handling also poses a great threat to the environment and other living animals, both on land and in water bodies.