You can now pay your utility bills (electricity and water) by recycling plastic waste in Ghana. To benefit from the initiative, one would have to drop off 4kg of cans or 20kg worth of plastic bottles at any of the designated collection points to receive a GHC10 coupon.
Recycling plastic waste to pay your utility bills
The initiative, is a collaborative effort between Sesa Recycling, the Ghana Water Company LTD., and Electricity Company of Ghana LTD., in conjunction with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE).
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Innovative solution to fight poverty and curb pollution
All over the world, recycling plastic waste has been identified as one effective way to deal with the plastic menace being faced all over. With the oceans becoming filled and polluted with such non-degradables, it’s become necessary to reduce our use of single use plastics.
There have been countless documentaries and videos about how aquatic life suffers due to the plastic menace — with dead whales who had polythene bags and others filling their bellies.
Sesa Recycling therefore found the need to collaborate with other bodies to help clean our environment. They set out with the objective to deploy fixed and mobile collecting kiosks for recyclables in order to:
- Reveal to local communities that waste has value when recycled, and is an avenue for generating extra-income.
- Develop a viable market for recyclable packaging, providing a regular supply to local industries to achieve maximum impact.
- Clean the environment and help put an end to the practice of disposing off waste into the oceans.
How it works
Plastic bottle and sachet water waste collection has already been going on for a while. With this in mind, Sesa Recycling invites residents, waste pickers, communities, or schools to join the program and participate.
Participants can choose to register online, or at the nearest collection point and start cleaning their environment by sorting their waste.
Collect and drop the sorted waste off at the collection centers. You can also schedule a pick-up for your waste if its in large volumes.
Your sorted waste gets weighed and in return you’re given your chosen mode of reward. The more waste you are collecting for recycling, the more you are going to get rewarded.
Aside being able to pay your utility bills using your coupons, there are other options you can choose from regarding how you’d like to be rewarded. You can choose to be rewarded in cash, or via your Mobile Money, AirtelTigo Money, or Vodafone Cash account.
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If you don’t intend to use your rewards from this to pay your utility bills, you can opt to be rewarded with airtime and data bundles, as well as tokens to renew your Canal Plus or Startimes TV subscriptions with.
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Fighting A Global Plastic Menace
Last year in October, Ghana’s government formally joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), and in the process, became the first African nation combining forces with this new initiative ambitiously dedicated to eradicating plastic waste and pollution the world over.
His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana announced the Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) at a gathering of more than 250 policy-makers, business leaders, sustainable development advisers, waste management experts, entrepreneurs and youth representatives – all of whom have track records of working in different sectors in order to combat the plastic waste and pollution menace facing the country.
“With this partnership, Ghana is taking a historic step forward in our environmental stewardship, our sustainable growth, and our vision for the future.” — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo