Mckingtorch Africa Leads World Clean-Up Day Exercise


World Cleanup Day is an annual global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. It is coordinated by the global organization Let’s Do It! World, the headquarters is located in Tallinn, Estonia. This event sees over 21 million volunteers across the world come out to clean up the planet of solid waste.

Mckingtorch Africa a startup in the sustainability and waste recycling space in Ghana with a large volunteers base came out today to conduct a sustainable plastic waste recovery cleanup that saw 200 kilograms of plastic bottles waste recovered from Sakumono Mighty Beach in the Greater Accra Region on Saturday morning of the 18th of September with members of Yielding Accomplished African Women and Worship Aid Foundation volunteers joining in the 3 hour session with recovered plastic waste weighed on side and transported to Ezov’s recycling facility in Pokuase as we push to prevent recovered waste from ending up in landfills and coming back to the beaches through flooding.

Every year thousands of Ghanaians come out yearly for cleanup events and we hope that we can move away from the traditional waste cleanup where everything is lumped together and transported to landfills to intentional plastic waste recovery that feeds into recycling programs.

The workforce in the waste management are mainly women some divorced and others who are single mothers. Plastic waste Segregation from source and plastic waste recovery and buy-back programs are empowering these women who make some cash from picking waste to feed their family.

Ghana is losing millions in tourism revenue as our beaches in the capitals are choked with plastic pollution even though these beaches have rich biodiversity and amazing landscape for recreational activities. Going forward waste trapping receptacle innovations around the city to trap waste carried around by flood waters will help as we push to influence people to reduce waste generation and segregate their waste for recycling.

Ghana has some of the best emerging plastic waste innovations with pavement blocks, wood-like beams for building and footwear are being made from waste from the streets of the cities. 1 million tons of plastic waste in Ghana is recyclable with 2 million jobs to be created yearly. Ghana has in 2019 passed a law in parliament that seeks to sustainably manage plastic waste in Ghana against banning single use plastics with development partners supporting innovations in the space and plastic product manufacturers paying more levies towards plastic waste management.

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