• Cordie Aziz


WasteAid UK estimates that 15-20 million people are involved in informal recycling to help make a living. Informal recycling is better defined as individuals that comb through residential and landfill waste to salvage recyclable materials. 

The recyclables they collect are then sold into the formal market to industries who will make new products with them. Although this group of individuals is often overlooked agencies such as the World Bank and WIEGO have documented the importance of waste pickers in the waste management value chain. 

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, cited in a 2016 article, that since waste pickers  charge less than traditional waste collectors, they can save municipalities money on waste collection. This assertion has also been affirmed by University of Western Cape, where they cited that municipalities were saving an estimated 700 million Rand each year by working with waste pickers. 

Considering the challenges private sector faces when collecting waste, including non-payment of fees, high tipping fees for landfills and maintenance for vehicles. There is strong evidence that by integrating the informal sector into the waste management chain Ghana may have the opportunity to adequately address its sanitation challenge. 

Environment360 is proud to be working with FanMilk, MIT and WIEGO in creating the first sorting center for waste pickers in Ghana. The foundation of the building in Tema New Town was completed last week and the building is expected to officially launch in June. 

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