Ghana has become the first country in Africa to sign up for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP). The move is expected to enable Ghana to address its burgeoning plastic waste and pollution problem.
Being one of the fastest growing economies, Ghana is experiencing high levels of pollution from plastic production and unmanaged waste.
GPAP is expected to put a fast-track plan where Ghana’s public, private and civil society sectors will work hand-in-hand towards a circular economy that makes plastics manufacturing and plastics use sustainable.
Ghana has also implemented a National Plastics Management Policy to tackle the use of single-use plastic. In addition, the country is looking at sustainable approaches to plastic material design, recycling and waste management infrastructure as well as implementing circular economy and waste management initiatives at the grassroots.
The United Nations Development Programme is expected to partner and advise Ghana’s initiatives in waste resource recovery while GPAP will provide a platform allowing those involved in these diverse initiatives to collaborate, share best practices and scale up solutions.
Find out more about sustainable and circular economy initiatives in Ghana at CMT’s Africa PET & Recycling on 24-25 June, 2020 in Accra, Ghana.