A pioneering project on pyrolysis led by Plastic REVolution Foundation aims to reduce pollution and imporve waste management in Accra, Ghana.
The challenges posed by plastic waste in countries like Ghana is known. With a population just shy of 30 million, Ghana is among the more prosperous on the west coast of Africa, but plastic waste management is still lacking here. Like many other developing countries Ghana lacks both sufficient collection systems and waste management systems to collect and treat all the waste that it's inhabitants produce. Still there are many good initiatives in the country.
Plastic REVolution Foundation, PRF, has made plans to build a pyrolysis plant to recycle mixed plastic waste in Ghana. Based on earlier work it was quickly decided that the most important success criteria for the project was access to suitable raw materials. Norwaste in collaboration with Seureca (France) and Systemiq (UK) has been involved in a feasibility study followed by two pilot projects in Accra, the capital of Ghana. THe final report is now available online at PRFs website.Link to article and report.)
In one pilot the Norwaste-team designed and ran a full-scale sortting test at two sortingplants owned by the Jospong Group of COmpanies, the country's biggest renovation company. Following the first pilot Norwaste contributed on-site on a collection pilot from another key actor, the city's informal renovation sector. Norwaste developed analysis plans tailored to give knowledge about the raw materails.
Norwaste is still active in the team continuing the project in Ghana.