GHANA – Engen Ghana, a company specializing in the distribution of petroleum products, has signed an agreement with Coliba Recycling Services for the management of its plastic waste.
Under the agreement, Coliba will install bins for the collection of used plastic packaging in the 42 service stations for the oil company.
The recycling bins will enable people to easily and conveniently drop off their plastics and receive some form of incentive.
The deal is based on the company’s commitment to ensure continual improvement in Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality management and protection of the environment by leveraging on technology.
According to Brent Nartey, Engen’s Managing Director, the joint project is basically to bring recycling services closer to the people in the community.
He added that the nature of the partnership is such that “Engen Ghana allows Coliba to use the stations as the collection points and also fund the development of the bins as well as provide fuel to ensure consistent collection of the plastics at the various points.
“The garbage cans will be filled by Engen Ghana’s customers. This is an eco-responsible approach that aims to preserve our ecosystem,” explained Nartey.
Coliba on the other hand will be responsible for consistently picking up the plastics, ensuring that segregation is properly done and that the plastics are recycled using the right standards.
The project aims to minimize plastic pollution in Ghana, where 3,000 tons of plastic waste is generated every day, and much of it ends up in waterways.
The problem has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has slowed collection activities.
In this West African country, only 3% of plastic waste is recycled according to Ghanaian authorities.
The partnership between the two companies is also justified by the reputation of Coliba Recycling Services, Coliba Africa’s subsidiary, among other petroleum product distributors.
In December 2021, the company Pétro Ivoire also signed a waste management partnership with Coliba’s Ivorian branch.
In June 2021, the Ivorian subsidiary of the Dutch group Vivo Energy requested Coliba Côte d’Ivoire’s expertise to recycle used plastic packaging in 40 of its Shell service stations.
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