Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges of the century across the globe. Globally, over 8 million tons of plastic wastes are generated annually. In Ghana, about 1.1 million tons of plastic waste are generated annually and of this amount, only 5% is recycled. The remaining ends up in gutters, at dumpsites, burned, water-bodies and eventually into the sea. It is estimated that, if urgent actions are not taken to address plastic pollution problems, there will be more plastics than fishes in the sea by 2050 (UNDP).
Green Diversity Foundation has been supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme to create awareness, sensitize and educate the Osu community in the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly on the need to manage plastic waste sustainably.
The project has resulted in the creation of plastic waste collection points, a plastic recovery center and training of the youth and women in collection, sorting and pre-processing of plastic waste.