We began working with the ASASE foundation in 2020 to develop the processing capacity of the CASH IT! facility to 500 tons of plastic waste annually. At the start of 2021, we extended our partnership with the foundation, as well as additional support from the European Union, to replicate this model in 2 new facilities by the end of 2023.
This year, the target was to ramp up the volume of plastic waste collected and recycled, to create a steady supply of plastic waste for the new facilities once opened. To do that, the ASASE foundation started 2 new collection centres in Gbestsile and Kpone, Accra, where waste pickers can aggregate and bale the collected plastic waste, and sell it to the foundation.
From January 2021 to September 2021, the Closing the Loop diverted around 600 tons of plastic waste from various streams, including from their collection centres, schools where they run educational programmes on plastic waste sorting, as well as monthly cleanups conducted along Accra’s coastline.
To help process this collected waste and sell it at a higher value, an extruder was installed in the CASH IT! facility, turning collected plastic waste into pellets. This improves the long-term economic viability of the recycling business.