The University of Ghana Plastic Recycling Project (UGPRP) has received a cheque donation of GH¢ 10,000 by the Ghana Recycling Initiative of Private Enterprises (GRIPE) as support for its ongoing recycling project.
The donation which took place on the 22nd of November 2018 at the International House, Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) saw in attendance Acting Director of IESS, Dr. Yirenya-Tawiah, VC’s Strategic Teams Coordinator, Prof A. A. Adjei, UGPRP volunteers led by Julius Jayson and representation from GRIPE constituent members.
The donation is expected to be used to secure additional tricycles and bins for effective and timely plastic waste collection.
Receiving the donation, members of the project expressed elation and stated that they were optimistic of having more collaborations in the future.
VC’s Speech at November Congregation
According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the project has been able to collect about 8 metric tons of plastic waste since its inception this year.
“Within nine weeks of implementation, 8 metric tons of water sachets and plastic bottles have been collected, thus saving the landfill”.
The University is confident in the project and hopes to expend coverage to all campus affiliated to the University and hopefully start a nationwide campaign on plastic waste recycling.
“It is expected that the project will be up-scaled to the other sections of the main campus and the satellite campuses. I take this opportunity to entreat our graduating students to embrace this culture and replicate it wherever you find yourselves”.
The Vice-Chancellor made these comments at the November Congregation ceremony held at the University of Ghana.
GRIPE is an initiative led by industry players under the auspices of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and currently has Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana, Dow Chemical West Africa Limited, Fan Milk Ghana Limited, Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, Nestlé Ghana, PZ Cussons Ghana Limited, Unilever Ghana and Voltic (GH) Limited, as founding members.
The project is a subsidiary of the University’s Green Project under the auspices of the office of the vice-chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro. UGPRP is mainly made up of student volunteers. The project started in the 2018/2019 academic year with sensitization and collection of plastic waste created in the University.
UGPRP comes as an earnest call to action to safeguard the environment from plastic pollution. The initiative collects and recycles plastic waste thereby giving second life to otherwise waste generated by the university populace.
Story by: Michael Papanii Ashalley/universnewsroom.com