Together, Dana and Hilda started the first CASH IT! recycling facility at the end of 2018 in the Katamanso district of Accra, and processed 35 tons of plastic waste by the end of 2019. The model is simple and effective. Plastic waste is collected and sold to CASH IT!, regrinded, and sold to be reused in products such as household or building materials. Not only are the waste management issues alleviated in some of the most vulnerable communities in Accra, but the unlocked value of plastic waste is channelled back to these communities in the form of jobs and new income streams.
Closing the Loop has created over 100 new jobs in the local recycling sector. Meet Frank Agyekum, a Ghanian craftsman employed by CASH IT!. Since early 2019, Frank has been helping to build and repair the machinery essential to the plastic waste processing operations in the facility, using what materials he can source second-hand from scrap yards and markets in Accra. With the guidance of Dana Mosora and Peter Segers, an Alliance project manager and secondee from SUEZ, Frank has built and repaired shredders for hard and soft HDPE plastics, washing drums from repurposed concrete mixers, and a dehydrating unit for HDPE sachets.
As one of many loaned executives from our member companies, Peter brings over a decade of experience at SUEZ and a wealth of expertise in waste management issues. With Closing the Loop, whilst it was the first time Peter was working in Ghana, the importance of adapting to local circumstances was clear. “When looking for solutions, you have to find something that fits the local need,” said Peter. “You could bring in expensive equipment from Europe or China, but once we finish the project, how will the equipment be maintained and used? It’s better to use the materials available to make something that is fit for purpose and can last,” he added.