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MTN Ghana launches plastic waste campaign

MTN Ghana has started a program to recycle plastic garbage as part of events to commemorate the Global Appreciation Work.

This admirable project is being undertaken by the environmentally conscious corporation in collaboration with Jekora Ventures, a preeminent waste management firm, as one of its main strategic pillars on its Environmental Social and Governance Key Performance Indicator (KPI) index.

The MTN headquarters in Accra and its Osu offices will host labeled bins for the campaign’s initial phase of plastic collection. Other locations in the regions, including Nhyiaeso, Kejetia, Takoradi Main, Market Circle, Koforidua, and the Wa Service Centers, will follow suit.

When the dumpsters are full, the trash management firm would come and collect them.

Robert Kuzoe, senior manager of sustainability and social impact at the MTN Ghana Foundation, expressed confidence in the initiative’s ability to help Ghana reach objective 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals during the launch (SDG).

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, which focuses on sustainable cities and communities and calls on us to create inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and human settlements, will be more closely attained thanks to this initiative, the official said.

According to Mr. Kuzoe, recycling plastic results in energy savings of 5.774 kilowatt hours (kWh), which is comparable to the annual energy usage of two individuals.

“It is projected that recycling plastic garbage could reduce oil use by up to 40%,” he continued.

Mr. Kuzoe exhorted everyone who believes in creating a sustainable future to actively support this initiative as they alter their neighborhoods.

Felix Laryea, administrative manager of Jekora Ventures Limited, spoke to the audience
The administrative manager of Jekora Ventures Limited, Felix Laryea, claimed that since 2012, the business has diverted its garbage from landfills due to the difficulties in obtaining property to bury the tons of waste that were gathered.

He stated that 17% of Ghana’s trash is plastic, 60% of it is organic, and the remaining materials include paper and liquid. To combat the sanitation threat, the corporation is deploying three composite facilities in Bortiano, Yilo Krobo, and one in the Volta Region.

Mr. Laryea quickly clarified that starting in 2017, the business has started picking up trash from the MTN Ghana headquarters. “While the amount of paper waste collected is fewer, we have gathered 15 metric tonnes of plastic waste from the headquarters.”

Background

Beginning in February 2017, MTN Ghana began separating waste at the MTN residence at the source. The business still separates waste into three streams, including plastics, cardboard, and organic waste.

These distinct waste streams are collected and recycled into various household items by its partner vendor Jekora Ventures Limited. Additionally, the corporation has implemented a number of efforts through its yearly 21 Days of Yello Care program, such as collecting plastic bottles and beech debris for recycling and using it to pave roadways.

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