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Ghana: Young Inventors Turn Plastic Waste into Fuel 

The Global Environment Facility was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided over $18.1 billion in grantsand mobilized an additional $94.2 billion in co-financing for more than4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues.

Recently in Ghana, GEF initiative begin to support a laudable efforts  of some two young men from Banda Nkwanta, in Brong-Ahafo area, who utilized very limited resources to convert plastic waste into fuel, which hopefully could be used to power cars and other household appliances. These creative Ghanaian geniuses use very simple and local means to turn plastic waste into fuel.

The inventors revealed they started the project because of people’s insufficient recycling habits and the need for cheap and efficient energy. Plastic-derived fuels are also able to produce cleaner-burning fuels than traditional sources because of their low sulfur content since most developing countries use high sulfur diesel.This new invention will reduce the existing crisis of pollution on the continent and also provide a significant economic benefits to Ghana and other parts of Africa.


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