The University of Ghana plastic Recycling Project (UGPRP) is marking a milestone in its operations for collecting over 50 metric tons of plastic last year.
According to the team leader, Mr. Julius Jayson Botchway the initiative recorded massive feats in 2019. He also said that the project saw fewer hurdles as compared to its formative years.
“We are getting less impurities in the segregation bins than we did when we started and have an increase level of segregation efficiency and have collected a huge volume, for now, we can boast of collecting closed to 50metric tons of plastic for recycling” – Jayson said.
Notably, Mr. Botchway highlighted that the project was fraught with some challenges however, solutions have been sought to mitigate them.
He revealed that UGPRP is set to beef up the number of bins on campus to aid in the efficient collection of plastic waste for recycling. This he says was necessitated by the results from the scientific assessment of the already existing infrastructure.
“Our main objective is to promote waste segregation among the University Community through the promotion of behavioral change, engineer a University where waste becomes a resource and to generate data to inform policy and strategy for plastic waste management.” – he said.
He further added that UGPRP provides data and literature which is aimed at institutionalizing an efficient waste management system for the University and other institutions. In the next semester, what he terms as a “buy-back” center will be provided where students can drop off their collected plastics for cash or souvenirs and more of dual-carriage segregation baskets will also be provided specifically at the night market and on the various streets on campus.
By: Sarah Agorson & Angela Amengor-Kwapong | universnewsroom