Recycling of pure-water sachets

Over the past one year, House of Perspectives (HoPe) has been working to keep Norvisi Area of Ho municipality clean and green through the collection and separation of plastic waste.

"Pure-water" is purified water in a sachet which most Ghanaians drink. It is sold in outlets such as stores, markets, and also by street vendors. Unfortunately, pure-water sachets are not disposed properly and this pollutes urban and rural areas of Ghana.

One pure-water sachet

To curb this menace, HoPe collects all plastic waste and separate pure-water sachets from them for recycling purposes in rural communities. The rest are incinerated by HoPe. The collection, separation, followed by recycling reduces the amount of waste produced by the rural communities which goes to gutters, rivers, streets and inappropriate landfills releasing methane and other gases into the air, making communities unclean, and causing diseases and deaths of animals that feed on them. The burden placed on the environment by plastic waste is reduced when non-degradable materials such as pure-water sachets are recycled.

Furthermore, greenhouse gases and oxides are produced in less quantities when recycling is done without using much energy and without involvement of factories.

Therefore, HoPe has taken another recycling step to produce backpacks and purses for school children in rural communities in Ho municipality. The bags are made of pure-water sachets collected in the rural communities.

HoPe is of the view that, the use of the bags by school children would help them to understand the importance of the 3Rs (Recycle, Reuse and Reduce) for a cleaner and greener world.

Furthermore, recycling of the sachets would give students a new learning opportunity to know the recycling process - the creation of plastic usable products, their subsequent use and their disposal.

Recycling at HoPe has created awareness for children to cultivate a pro- environmental behaviour for environmental sustainability, and also has enhanced their creativity to make usable plastic products from pure-water sachets without depending on their parents for certain supplies.

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