Dow West Africas Plastics Advocacy Project Awarded 200000

Midland, Mich - August 29, 2017 - - Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics’ advocacy project in Ghana has received approval for $200,000 from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation’s social impact fund. Funds will be dedicated to a second-life project to improve the plastic waste value chain in Ghana to manage the disposal of waste through a recycling system in Accra, Ghana. The plastics advocacy project for Ghana began after the government proposed a ban on plastics following a flooding and fire disaster in 2015, which was blamed on poor waste management, particularly plastics.

The Dow team led other private sector stakeholders through the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in engaging regulators to provide science-based understanding and alternative resolution options. This ultimately led to the creation of a private sector recycling coalition, the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises. Dow is a founding member along with Danone, Diageo, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nestle, and SABMiller.

Javier Constante, vice president for Packaging & Specialty Plastics in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, “This is a step in the right direction for us as a business – we need to be collaborating with all our partners to jump-start, assist, and strengthen sustainability efforts in vulnerable waste-management regions such as Africa. We want to show our commitment to Ghana, not just in terms of investment from a business perspective, but what we can deliver in terms of solid sustainability programs that will have lasting impact.”

The coalition was developed with regulatory approval to manage waste in Accra much more effectively. One of Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals is advancing a circular economy. The plastics challenge in Ghana has allowed participating members to take positive action locally, while collaborating with government and other stakeholders.