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.
With Frank’s tenacity and hard work, bolstered by our funding and expertise, the facility’s processing capacity improved almost 15-fold in 2020 to 500 tons. It is estimated to quadruple to 2,000 tons by the end of 2021. Despite the global health pandemic—which acutely affected the informal waste picker community and slowed down the supply of recyclable plastics—the team forged ahead to drive impact from afar.