• Cordie Aziz

FanMilk showcases 'Pick-It' project during royal visit

FanMilk Limited with parent company Danone, has showcased its flagship recycling Project, Pick-It at a roundtable discussion and exhibition on plastic waste organised as part of a programme organised during the Royal Highness, Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to Ghana.

The event was convened under the topic “Keeping Plastic’s value in the economy and out of the ocean”. Its objective was to develop solutions and opportunities regarding Ghana’s plastic waste problem with a view to advance the goals of the Global Plastics Action Partnership (GPAP) and the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA).

Launched in July 2017, “Pick It” is an inclusive recycling project that is contributing to increased plastic waste collection and recycling, while improving the livelihoods of waste pickers in Tema Newtown and Kpone.

The Pick-IT project, which is co-created by FanMilk Limited, Environment 360,WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) and the MIT D-lab in partnership with and support from the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tema Traditional Council (TTC), the Solid Waste Management Department at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), and the Dutch Development Bank,commissioned a fully functioning sorting center, the first of its kind it the sub-region in Tema New Town.

Stephane Couste, Managing Director, FanMilk, present at the event added, “Fan Milk is proud to be one of the first companies to develop an innovative solution with the inclusive packaging recycling model and leverage the circular economy to have a positive impact on both the local communities and the environment. Pick-it is a project that allows both value creation and inclusive development in Ghana by turning waste into resources. In the longer term, our goal is to collect more plastics than we generate, replicate Pick-it’s model in other cities throughout Ghana and become plastic positive by 2022. This goal is aligned with our commitment to the objectives of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation”

Finally, Ms. Cordie Aziz, Executive Director for Environment 360, who also had a stand at the exhibition, added that she was pleased to be a core partner of the Pick-IT project and particularly excited to see the impact made in the lives of over 300 waste pickers within the first year of its launch.

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