Promoting Integrated Plastic Waste Management in Public Schools in the La-Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly.
Promoting Integrated Plastic Waste Management in Public Schools in the La-Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly.
This project seeks to apply an integrated approach to plastic waste management in Ghana. Adopting an integrated approach for policy development and implementation will ensure the integration of environmental and social considerations in sectoral and macroeconomic policies. There is a need to depart from dealing with environmental and social considerations in isolation from mainstream economic policies. Financial and short-term economic gains should not be the primary driving force in designing sectoral and macroeconomic policies as, for instance, policies on import exemptions have been shown to have contributed to plastic pollution in Ghana. The Key considerations are social justice, job creation, poverty reduction, and equitable distribution of wealth, preservation of the environment, and human welfare should be at the heart of the policy formulation process if genuine sustainable development is to be achieved. Integrated assessment and policymaking for sustainable development would be one of the main tools used and promoted by the municipality to facilitate a transition to a green economy.

The project design strategies and policies for promoting integrated zero plastic waste management system for sustainable development within the municipality are:
? To reduce the consumption of plastics, reduce the number of toxics in plastics, and help to eliminate or reduce the use of plastics that are not needed. As part of efforts to promote upstream measures, the project will embark on awareness creation through community meetings, workshops, radio discussion, chapel/mosque meetings and beach clean-ups, outreaches to educate the public and households on the impact of plastic (waste) on health, ecosystems, marine life and climate change, the need to reduce plastic consumption, and best management practices. Following this, the capacities of school’s children would be built to explore alternative sources of materials, as well as redesign plastic; reduce the number of toxics in plastics. The project will also focus on building the capacity of students in public schools, to develop and implement policies on the extended producer, importer and exporter responsibility and policies to regulate the production and use of single-use plastics.
? solve the plastic waste menace by collecting and processing non-degradable plastic waste. The project will set up a social enterprise that will work with Municipal and District Assemblies through social enterprises. They will distribute waste collection bins at vantage points in market, residential, recreation and religious grounds and educate the populace on sorting and collection of plastic waste.
? set up waste collection centers at the various dumping grounds in the suburbs to sort out the degradable and non-degradable waste for processing and transport them to the designated place for processing.
? the project has completed arrangements with waste processing companies and La Dade Kotopon Municipality to collect, transport and process the waste sorted out from the schools.
3.4 Outputs
a. Ten (10) public schools within the most highly polluted plastic waste areas in La-Dade-Kotopon municipality educated on circular waste management, zero plastic waste and periodic clean up and waste audit exercises
b. Build capacities of 200 students, built on waste separation, to efficiently recover waste to assigned areas.
c. The La-Dade Kotopon municipality supported to adopt policy and legislation that discourages single-use plastics and open burning of plastics but provides support to the production, use and distribution of alternatives to single use plastics.

4.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES
Output 1: Ten (10) public schools within the most highly polluted plastic waste areas in La-Dade-Kotopon municipality educated on circular waste management, zero plastic waste and periodic clean up and waste audit exercises.
Planned Activities
1.1 Conduct inception meeting and report
1.2 Conduct a systematic assessments and analysis of the plastic waste management with the municipality especially around marketplaces and public schools.
1.3 Hold stakeholder engagement with the municipal Assembly on the outcome of the survey and to deepen the understanding of the plastic waste situation
1.4 Develop communication strategies appropriate for each target population on integrated plastic waste circular economy
1.5 Pilot the implementation of the strategy in selected 10 public basic and secondary schools within the municipality focusing behavioural change.
1.6 Document the experiences from the pilot interventions
1.7 Develop and dissemination of knowledge materials – factsheets, policy briefs, supportive manual for the municipalities and other stakeholders.
1.8 Collaborate in advocacy actions – in conjunction with other NGOs.

Output2: Stakeholder engagements organized to deepen the understanding of the circulate plastic management
Activity 3.1: Identify and analyze all key stakeholders to inform design of engagement
Activity 3.2: Conduct of stakeholder consultations at different levels on key findings
Activity 3.3: Co-develop an appropriate strategy for safe plastic management in LADKMA
Activity 3.4: Pilot implementation of interventions focusing on community engagement and behaviour change campaigns
Activity 3.5: Prepare operational guidelines for safe plastic waste management in schools and marketplaces.
Output 3: Dissemination of the study results and operational guidelines for safe plastic waste management
Activity 4.1: Document key lessons and experiences from pilot implementation
Activity 4.2: Develop and dissemination of knowledge materials – factsheets, policy briefs, manual for municipalities
Activity 4.3: Collaborate in advocacy actions with other sector actors
Activity 4.4: Participate in ongoing sector learning events on plastic waste management
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Ecological Restoration Club
Country:
Ghana
Area Of Work:
Chemicals
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 18,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,000.00
Project Number:
GHA /SGP/OP6/Y7/CORE/PLA/2022/08
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
About 300 informal sector operators will benefit from this project.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Availability of public education material (such as posters and factsheets) will facilitate ongoing dialogue on the theme of plastic within beneficiary and adjoining communities in the municipality
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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 150
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 300
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 300
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 300
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 300
Biophysical
Number of local policies informed in POPs focal area 2
Biophysical
Number of national policies informed in POPs focal area 1

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