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Water sachet recycling



Beside plastic bottles, water sachets are commonly used for drinking water- After use they are thrown away and can be found almost everywhere....

Plastic drink sachet before its discharge

However, such great amounts of plastic sachets can be recycled too. A few conditions must be set (almost clean, no water content) and having great quantities are necessary to sell empty plastic sachets to plastic-recycling companies. This provides a few benefits: Practicing recycling, reduce the amount of waste dumped in landfills and the environment and little addittional income for the people collecting those sachets.


The following photos present an example for a good practice found in Ghana near to Accra. A private instituton with lots of students presents an optional ground for applying recycling activities. Students consume a lot of water sachet bags during during their time. Personal involved in taking care for the kitchen and cleaning segragate and collect waste.  

Clever people make a contract with the plastic recycling company- So large bags are provided and the collected waste is being weighed and collected from time to time. 

Plastic sachet is being recycled into the black plastic bags, the company practicing involved is Blowplast Recycling in Accra.

Another livelihood activities found on the world wide web is its re-use in items such as laptop, sports bag or other items sewed by a group of peolpe in Accra.



The IWWA Final meeting will take place on 14th-15th of May, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. More details will be available soon.


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