Officials of Environment 360 and the No Business as Usual Project (NBU) have jointly commissioned a plastic waste Collection Centre at Parkoso, a community located within the Asokore Mampong Municipality.
It happened on Friday 5th February 2021 and as explained by officials of the foremost organization (Environment 360), it is the second site to has been duly commissioned in Ashanti region after the first which is located at Asafo.
“Our plan is to open up three collection centers in Ashanti region”, Nana Kwabena Asante (Programs Manager for Environment 360) indicated.
At the commissioning, he explained that the move is a component of a One-Year Project dubbed; “REDUCTION OF PLASTIC WASTE IN KUMASI METROPOLIS”, financed by GIZ through the German Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia.
It is aimed at reducing to the barest minimum the level of plastic wastes in the country.
According to their plans, the collection center will be manned by agents who have been trained for the collection of the required plastic wastes from pickers.
Vincent Ohene-Ntow (Program Manager-Action Plan, PPPs/SBs-NBU Project) disclosed reduction of plastic waste within the Asokore Mampong Municipality as part of the two social businesses of NBU Project, executed in partnership with Environment 360.
The focus he said is to collect and recycle all plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate under the acronym name PET.
Per the mode of operation, officials of NBU in partnership with Environment 360 as disclosed by Vincent “has given some form of soft loans to our agents so they can buy the plastic from the people and they will in turn sell it to Environment 360.”
Executive Director for Network of Empowered Youth for Development (NEYOD) Dr. Hilton Terry delivering his statement at the event thanked the traditional leadership of Parkoso for the support as in providing them a tract of land for the collection of plastic wastes. He challenged residents to support the move for the betterment of the area.
Present at the commissioning were Civil Society Organizations, Parkoso traditional leaders and members of Parkoso unit committee.