The Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) is an industry-led coalition formed under the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) with a stake in the plastics sector to integrate sustainable waste management solutions, particularly around plastics. GRIPE was founded in November 2017 by 8 multinational companies with varied products with a proven track record of involvement in sustainability actions concerning plastics in other countries. The founding members are Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana; Dow Chemical West Africa Limited; Fan Milk Ghana Limited; Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited; Nestlé Ghana Limited; PZ Cussons Ghana Limited; Unilever Ghana and Voltic (GH) Limited. The Mohinani Group, Accra Brewery Limited, KGM Industries, Fine Pack Industries, and Pernod Ricard Ghana have since also joined the coalition.
Integrating sustainable plastic waste management solutions in Ghana.
To implement recycling and second-life solutions that reduce the
impacts of post-consumer plastic waste on the environment.
Data and Research
Education and Advocacy
Collection and Second Life Solutions
Expanded Purposes of the Group
What Has Been Done So Far
The efforts in creating and launching GRIPE started as early as February 2017, with the formation of a working group composed of members of AGI. Since then, the coalition has embarked on a long journey which included a lot of research, benchmarking, validation and implementation of proposed actions. Some of the key moments are indicated below:
Formation of Working Group
Action plan presented at Plastic Waste Conference
MOU signed by 8 founding members
School Education Program
Digital Media Campaign
Modified concrete pilot kick-off
Workshop on Sustainable Plastic Management
Clean up to commemorate World Environment and World Oceans Day
Community Buyback Event and Sensitization campaign to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Commissioning of Plastic Modified Concrete Building in Kumasi and Community Buyback Event
EPR Kick off meeting
Community Buyback Event in Kumasi
Donated Relief Items to 2 waste picker associations as part of the COVID-19 support efforts
Tree Planting Campaign at the Tema Motorway to commemorate World Environment Day.
Campaign on sustainable management of plastics with Asaase Radio Member of PREVENT Waste Alliance Waste Management Campaign and COVID 19 support campaign for Waste pickers together with stakeholders on the Waste Recovery Platform Commissioned Permanent Community Buyback Centre for Ga Mashie Participant, 8th West African Clean Energy and Environment (eWACEE’20) Community Buyback Event in Kumasi to commemorate World Clean-up Day
GRIPE works in close partnership with:
Government Agencies: Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
Civil Society Organizations: BUSAC, UNDP, GIZ, Veolia Group, UNIDO
Private Sector Associations: Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association (GPMA), Food and Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG), Environmental Providers Association of Ghana (ESPA), National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers Association (NASPAWAP)
Collection and Recycling Companies: Premiere Waste, Coliba, SESA, rePATRN, Mckingtorch Creatives, Trash Connect.
Associations - Pure Water Waste Collectors Association, Kpone and Biakoye Waste Pickers Association
Academia and Research Institutions - University of Ghana
NGOs - Asase Foundation, Environment360 and RecycleUp Ghana
Media: Asaase Radio, Genie Intel