Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE)

Member since: 07/2020

Active in: WG Plastics, WG Framework conditions

Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE)

The Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) is an industry-led coalition formed under the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) by companies in the plastic value chain to integrate sustainable waste management solutions in Ghana, particularly around plastics. GRIPE was founded in November 2017 by 8 multinational companies: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana; Dow; Fan Milk Ghana Limited; Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited; Nestlé Ghana Limited; PZ Cussons Ghana Limited; Unilever Ghana and Voltic (GH) Limited. Currently the membership has grown to include the Mohinani Group, Accra Brewery Limited, KGM Industries, Fine Pack Industries and Pernod Ricard Ghana. GRIPE looks to provide sustainable plastic waste management solutions to the plastic waste challenge in Ghana focusing on four key areas: Collection & Second-life solutions, Multi-stakeholder collaboration, Education & Awareness and Data & Research.

As GRIPE, we believe that working towards a circular economy requires collaborative efforts to allow for co-creation of solutions therefore we are committed to building sustainable and solid partnerships with a range of organizations. It is for this reason that we have decided to become a member of PREVENT.

To us a circular economy is a system that moves away from the current make-use-dispose model to one where we have designed out waste and pollution, are able to keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems. A circular economy is not a nice to have but a necessity if we are going to develop sustainably. Since the launch of GRIPE, we have been following national, regional and international discussions on how to move towards a more circular economy. As manufacturers and producers, we are constantly adapting the way that our products are being designed, produced and transported to allow for an increase in packaging re-design, reuse and recycling