The Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE), in collaboration with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Building and Road Research Institute (CSIR-BRRI), provided a sanitation facility for Domeabra M.A. Junior High School in Ejisu Juaben. The six-capacity Aqua Privy toilet facility was built with more than two tons of post-consumer plastics in place of concrete. The project reflects GRIPE’s pledge to demonstrate and provide a second-life solution to post-consumer plastics and to show that plastic waste is a resource that could be harnessed to unlock its socio-economic benefits for Ghana.

The project is in its pilot research phase and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and GRIPE expect that scientific data generated from the project will help shape policy formulation, further research and replication in other parts of Ghana. Lead Consultant of the project Dr. Ama Tagbor said natural resources such as sand and chippings were being depleted because of their over-exploitation. Dr. Tagbor noted that using plastic waste to replace sand in mortar for construction contributes to preservation of our natural resources. 

Speaking on behalf of GRIPE, Ms. Joyce Ahiadorme explained that over the past two years, GRIPE had engaged stakeholders to foster an ecosystem that drives collective sustainable action towards managing post-consumer plastics.

Mr. Philip Nii Ayi Ayikushie, Headmaster of Domeabra M.A. JHS, thanked GRIPE and AGI for situating the project at his school.

Witnesses at the commissioning included Ms. Heather Troutman of Global Plastic Action Partnerships (GPAP), Municipal Chief Executive of Ejisu-Juaben, and Mr. Seth Twum-Akwaboah, CEO of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).

Credits: | Nerteley Nettey