Unilever supports recycling initiatives in Ghana
Unilever Ghana’s factory in Tema supports a recycling initiative that reduces waste and provides income for local people.
Plastic waste is growing in Ghana as sales of products packaged in plastic increases. Unilever’s Tema factory sponsored the first national forum on the management of plastic waste in 2000, in collaboration with the Ghana National Packaging Cluster and the International Centre for Sustainable Development. Samples of jewellery made from waste plastic were displayed at the forum.
In a separate initiative, Unilever Ghana supplied more than 21 tonnes of plastic waste in 2004 to small and medium size recycling businesses in Accra. This waste is made into flower pots and other plastic items, which are sold by people who are otherwise unemployed.
Unilever Ghana is working with industry and government bodies to expand this initiative and help reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to landfill. This will contribute to a cleaner environment in cities and villages by clearing plastic litter, as well as generating employment and providing income for local people.