In cooperation with the partner company Rodiek & Co. GmbH in Bremen, Germany, the project supports the Ghanaian company Tidyup Ghana Ltd., which has been active in waste management in the country for the past 15 years. As part of the project, one of the company’s waste transfer stations, which had been shut down, was reopened and converted into a collection hub for recyclable waste streams. In another step, municipal collection points were linked up to the project, thereby expanding the network of waste collectors for Tidyup while stabilising the use of materials.
In addition, a concept was developed to enable the purchase of recyclables from the informal sector at a fair price that reflects the work involved. In 2021, 45 waste collectors – 90 per cent of them women – were trained in the collection and treatment of plastic waste, particularly PET and LDPE films. Here, emphasis was placed on maintaining the quality of the material flows as well as optimising transport in order to achieve guaranteed and above-average wages for the waste collectors. At the same time, the waste collectors were registered via a digital platform. This means the collected materials can be traced back along the entire value chain, thereby also ensuring the payment of fair wages.
The project aimed to stabilise material flows by training waste collectors on how to identify and handle the various materials. This helps guarantee reliable quality while meeting Tidyup’s quality requirements and establishing safe distribution channels. In addition, the waste collectors received training on how to work safely under COVID-19 conditions.