Promoting Sustainable Plastic Waste Management in the Ledzokuku Municipality.
Promoting Sustainable Plastic Waste Management in the Ledzokuku Municipality.
Ledzokuku Municipality with a population of 217,304, produces about 170.5 metric tonnes per day, out of which 15% is plastic waste, hence the daily generation of plastic waste is approximately 25 metric tonnes. As of now, there is no clear-cut policy regarding segregation of solid waste before collection and disposal, thus, plastic waste forms part of the solid waste collected and disposed of daily. Undoubtedly, population dynamics and economic activities have had significant impacts on the volume of solid waste generated in the Municipality. Currently, most of the public drains are silted with plastics. The beach fronts also have their fair share of plastic waste as plastics are washed downstream the Sangonaa beach. The major challenge in solid waste management in the Municipality is the dumping of solid waste indiscriminately with or without waste bins. Unawareness of the impact of the poor solid waste disposal system is another mounting public setback that promotes solid waste menace in LEKMA.



Discussion with the Officials of the Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) as part of this proposal development revealed that a plastic waste company was engaged in February 2021 to collect plastic waste directly from residents who have stockpiled them, and these were provided a token per weight of the plastics making. It was indicated that it was important that such a scheme is expanded and sustained across the Municipality. It was recommended that Buy-Back Centers be established within the Municipality to encourage community members to easily walk in and present the stored plastics for cash.



It is in line with this that SSG is partnering with COLIBA, to engage plastic producing companies, private waste collectors, and community members to develop strategies to adopt the 4R’s concept to develop LEKMA as a waste intelligent community. A “Plastic buyback and deposit Scheme” is to be adopted under the project and this will part of the co-financing scheme of the project. The project also intends to leverage on the “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework Policy by Government, which requires producers or importers to establish a take-back system for products placed in the Ghanaian market. This is a major policy decision by the government to minimize littering and encourage the recycling of plastics. Adopting the 4R’s concept will help protect the impact of plastic pollution on health, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and climate change.
The project objective is to develop Ledzokuku Municipality as a waste intelligent community by promoting the adoption of the 4R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) concept in plastic waste management.
The output and planned activities are:

Output 1

Baseline analysis and report on the plastic waste situation in Ledzokuku Municipality

Activity 1.1: Consultation with relevant stakeholders and community leaders

Activity 1.2: Baseline Data Collection & Analysis

Activity 1.3: Stakeholders meeting for data verification and analysis

Output 2:

Roadmap prepared for developing LEKMA into a waste intelligent community

Activity 2.1: Organise 1No. engagement with key stakeholders to develop a road map for plastic waste management in the Municipality

Activity 2.2: Organise 1No. Strategic meetings with plastic producers / plastic waste management companies to agree on modalities to help reduce plastic waste pollution



Activity 2.3: Organsie 1No. training programme for 30No. informal waste collectors on appropriate waste collection methods

Activity 2.4 Establish 1No. Community Buy- Back Center in LEKMA



Output 3

At least 2 Town/Beach clean-ups groups organized in LEKMA covering 1,000 city dwellers to embark on public awareness and education on the impact of plastic (waste) on human health, marine life, ecosystems, and the climate environment, and to introduce best management practices, and the need to reduce plastic consumption.

Activity 3.1: Organize 2No. community clean up campaigns on plastic waste pollution in fishing and inland communities within the municipality

Activity 3.2 Development of IEC Materials

Activity 3.3 Quarterly radio discussions in local languages

Activity 3.4 Prepare and broadcast an end-project documentary on National TV


 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
SOCIOSERVE-GHANA
Country:
Ghana
Area Of Work:
Chemicals
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 21,180.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,000.00
Project Number:
GHA /SGP/OP6/Y7/CORE/PLA/2022/04
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community members will be educated on the use of alternative packaging instead of plastics, they will be responsible for segregating the waste they generate by sorting them out and shall be involved in clean-up campaigns among others. The involvement of chief opinion leaders, religious leaders will be a key component in getting the buy-in of community members since these people command respect and influence.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Compilation and Documentation of Case Studies, Significant Change Stories, Photo Books, and distribution of these to our stakeholders. Sharing these on our website and via our monthly newsletters to our wide members on our list serve as well as other social media sites such as Facebook.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 1
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs formed or registered through the SGP project 2
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 60
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 50
Empowerment
Innovative financial mechanisms put in place through SGP project 2
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 50
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 150
Biophysical
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 3
Biophysical
Number of local policies informed in POPs focal area 2

SGP Country office contact

Dr. George Buabin Ortsin
Phone:
233-242-977980
Email:
Ms. Lois Sarpong
Phone:
+233 505740909
Email:

Address

UNDP, Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme P.O. Box 1423
Accra, Greater Accra, 233-302