More than 5,000 pupils in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions are to benefit from a recycling campaign designed to build a sustainable, healthy future and environment for children.
This will also include recycling paper, plastic and cans.
The campaign targets pupils between the ages of nine and 13 in 20 selected primary and junior high schools in the two regions and is on the theme: “Celebrating our past inspiring our future.”
The competition is an initiative of the Mohinani Group to mark its 50th anniversary in the country.
The Executive Director of the Mohinani Group of Companies, Mr Ashok Mohinani, said the campaign formed part of its commitment towards recycling plastic and carrier bags, thereby reducing the pressure on the environment.
“As we celebrate this significant milestone in our journey, we would like to reaffirm our continued commitment to give back to society in an environmentally sustainable way”, he emphasised.
Mr Mohinani said recycling should be a way of life for everyone and that starting the education process with pupils would ensure that recycling became part of the future.
Reuse of waste
Mr Mohinani said the competition would serve as a means to encourage the pupils and their communities to reuse rather than throw away.
“This competition will motivate our youth to recycle by suggesting ways to engage everyone in fun, an educational programme that will involve students, staff and parents,” he noted.
The competition runs for two months from September, after which the participants will be rewarded with exciting prizes ranging from learning materials to waste disposal equipment.
Other activities scheduled to mark the anniversary include clean-up exercises, environmental fairs, a football gala and a photo exhibition depicting 50 years in the Mohinani Group’s history.
Touching on the group’s achievements, Mr Mohinani said it expanded its line of operations with the sole aim of meeting quality international standards to deliver the best to its consumers, adding that “It is with this philosophy in mind that this initiative has been launched. Over the last 50 years, the Mohinani Group has grown into a diversified world class group of companies with businesses and brands across the globe with a penchant for innovation and industrial leadership.”
“We have employed over 10,000 people directly or indirectly, provided scholarships, educational infrastructure, access to potable water, supported entrepreneurial and community development in our bid to make life better for Ghanaians everywhere.”
The group’s businesses include manufacturing (plastics and packaging products), distribution (consumer durables, electronics, electrical products), retail (office automation, tyres, building material) and international trade (polymers, chemicals and commodity raw materials).
The group of companies
The company is categorised into greenfield sectors such as Real Estate, Hospitality and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR).
The group of companies include Poly Products; the Poly Tanks; Poly Sacks; Poly Kraft; Sonnex Packaging & Plastic Industries; Somotex; Somoco; Electromart; South West Estates; Protea Hotel Select and KFC among other entities. Currently, the group employs directly over 2,500 people across the country.