Netherlands Embassy in Ghana features 22 year old Ghanaian Plastic warrior Netherlands Embassy in Ghana features 22 year old Ghanaian Plastic warrior
  Ahead of Voltic Ghana Ltd launch of “iRecycle “Project on November 23,2018 in Accra, the  Netherlands Embassy in Ghana on Tuesday November 20,2018... Netherlands Embassy in Ghana features 22 year old Ghanaian Plastic warrior

 

Ahead of Voltic Ghana Ltd launch of “iRecycle “Project on November 23,2018 in Accra, the  Netherlands Embassy in Ghana on Tuesday November 20,2018 featured  22-year old Ghanaian plastic-warrior and Executive Assistant at Coliba Waste Management Company, Prince Mortey,who has waged war against plastic pollution in the Ghana.
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Prince ,with inherit penchant for proper waste management since childhood was inspired to inolve in fight against plastic waste by the June 3 twin disaster which killed 150 persons and injured over hundreds.
Bellow is what the Embassy posted on its facebook Wall.
Plastic pollution is huge problem in Ghana. If you live here or have visited the country, you will have seen the vast amount of plastic waste washing up on the shores or being burnt on the sides of the streets. Waste management facilities are currently not well-equipped enough to deal with the vastness of the plastic pollution. At times the problem almost seems too huge to tackle, but there are some who are brave enough to try. Today for #TalentedTuesday we are featuring one of these people: 22-year old plastic-warrior and Executive Assistant at Coliba Waste Management Company, Prince Mortey.
Growing up in a country that struggles with poor waste collection & management facilities, it can be easy to normalize the issue of waste and see it as an unchangeable part of every-day life. This was not the case for Prince, who has had a strong sense of responsibility instilled in him from a young age onwards: “Growing up my mother told us not to dump our waste out in the streets, so it became part of me – I remember always bringing my waste home in my backpack after school to dump them in the garbage at home.” What peaked his interest into plastics and plastic waste was the June 3rd disaster, where as a result of excessive (plastic) waste blocking the gutters, floods overtook the city after heavy rainfall and about 150 people seeking shelter at a filing station were killed after an explosion. Through his research, he became informed about the multi-layered harm that plastics had caused over the years and came across some innovative ideas people had to solve the plastic pollution across the world. Feeling inspired, he didn’t let the lack of infrastructure keep him from sharing his ideas. 
Meeting the Co-Founder of Coliba gave him a platform to share his vision for a more sustainable Ghana. The company is founded on the principle of innovation to tackle the growing problem of plastic pollution, and is building smart and innovative plastic waste collection centers while also helping companies and individuals in Accra start recycling programs. One of Coliba’s services are in-house training for the staff of companies interested in starting a recycling program in their premises, followed with the logistics for implementation. Households and schools are also able to subscribe to the recycling training and receive incentives for recycling their waste (the focus of these initiatives are the recycling of plastics and beverage cans specifically).
More information about how to get your company/business involved to become more environmentally friendly can be found on  www.coliba.ci / www.coliba.me, or by sending an email at colibagh@gmail.com.
Wondering what more you can do to combat plastic pollution? This week Friday marks the launch for recycling points at selected Total Filling stations in Accra. These are being set up by Coliba in collaboration with Total and Voltic Water – so if you want to recycle your plastic waste and help combat plastic pollution for a greener Ghana for future generations, you can now also use selected Total filing stations to get rid of your plastic waste. However, an even better step than recycling is cutting down plastic consumption all together.
The most effective way to do so is by eliminating single-use plastics: For example, through bringing your own bags for shopping instead of using plastic bags, rejecting plastic cutlery and plastic straws at restaurants, using Tupperware to take away food… We must remember that the issue of plastic pollution is never disconnected from humans. For example, the plastic we discard in the ocean breaks up into tiny pieces called ‘micro-plastics’ which make their way back to our food chain through the fish that consume them which are in turn consumed by us. Our consumption of these plastics is known to lead to an increased prevalence of non-communicable diseases including various forms of cancer. Through polluting the environment, we are inevitably polluting our own bodies.
To end our little segment on plastic pollution, a message from the plastic-warrior himself: “Participate in recycling. Even as little as recycling your own waste at home is contributing to saving the environment. Businesses should also embrace and educate their staff on the need to recycle. The environment belongs to everyone, protecting it for the next generation a responsibility bestowed on everyone.”