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The Federation of Plastic Manufacturers Recyclers and Users, Ghana (FePMRUG), is a not-for-profit organization, representing various recycling institutions, small-holder manufacturers and public Think Tanks etc. across the country. Members of the Federation are operating within the space that encourages material resource recovery, greening evolution, environmental sustainability and reducing waste into landfills.  Institutions within the Federation are predominantly small to medium scale operators with limited operating capacity and work at different scales to promote value addition to recovered waste.

The Federation is registered at the Registrar Generals Department of Ghana as limited by Guarantee and a Not-For Profit organization established solely to coordinate activities of various stakeholders operating in the value chain of plastics production, trade, waste management, marketing, recycling and waste pickers across the country. The Federation works closely with government agencies to seek the highest level of policy recognition of the industry as a critical contributor to the economy of Ghana.

Plastic waste management has emerged as a major challenge that face many countries across the West African sub-region and even beyond. Ghana is obviously not an exception and continues to struggle with the menace. Even though government and other supporting organizations are working hard to address the situation, it seems current efforts have not been enough. The situation is getting worse as the lack of proper waste management practices and poor social behavior and attitudes have facilitated indiscriminate and unconventional waste handling choices.

Plastic waste currently dominate all waste streams in Ghana and increasingly the ocean has become its final disposal site. This is a worrying development with significant ecological consequences. It has already proved negatively impactful to the ocean environment where aquatic ecosystems degradation has become pervasively evident in Ghana’s coastal environments.  Fish stock has declined leading to a recent proposal for a closed season fishing policy. Other marine organisms have also come under threat as a result of marine litter. Emerging research suggests the likelihood of the ocean containing more plastics, microplastics and other waste streams than fish by 2050.

This is dire and require urgent and proactive actions and it is against this background that The Federation, as part of its mission, has been collaborating with state institutions and the private sector to implement various interventions to address the situation. Some of our earlier intervention programs and campaigns include:

  1. Campaign on greater discipline
  2. Declaration of “No Drop Zones”
  3. Trash for cash program
  4. Source separation of waste and others.

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Plastic waste management and marine litter have become global issues that have received attention at different levels. In Ghana, as in most of Africa, the challenge seem to be getting worse as the culture of plastic product patronage increases without a corresponding waste management mechanism. The consequence is what we see in our communities, drains etc. and perhaps more worryingly, the oceans becoming a destination of choice for plastic waste disposal.

Even though various attempts and efforts have been put together by different entities including the government to explore solutions, not a lot has been achieved.  This has brought a lot of focus on key players such as Manufacturers, Users, Brand-owners etc.  and the call has been on them to lead a crusade to halt this menace. There have been public outcry and agitation to ban the use of plastics and in all instances key players in the sector have come under attack especially when the plastic waste menace is linked to the current poor sanitation conditions in most communities.

These agitations have prompted government to consider a policy on a ban on plastics in Ghana. While the policy debate continues the imperative remains to explore alternatives and more importantly to put in place sustainable waste management practices that would ensure a litter-free marine environment.  Such an approach gained currency at  the just ended United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA4) meeting of the United Nations Environmental Program in Nairobi, Kenya, where Member States and other actors at local, national, regional and international levels, private sector, civil society, academia, as well as other stakeholders were tasked to adopt new approaches to halting the problem of   marine litter and microplastics.

The Federation of Plastic Manufacturers Recyclers and Users, Ghana (FePMRUG) supports this position and remains fully committed to working with all stakeholders in Ghana and beyond to explore proactive, sustainable and cost-effective solutions. The federation sees the problem as a global problem with a local dimension and as a result remains open and determined to engage partners and stakeholders from known plastic polluting countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Kenya to explore lasting solutions.



It is within this context that the Federation of Plastic Manufacturers Recyclers and Users, Ghana (FePMRUG) convened a National Plastic Waste Management Forum and the 1st National Plastic Waste Conference in 2017 with the goal of bringing key actors in the plastic industry and the Private Sector to help address these challenges.

This event was highly successful as participants’ viewpoints have since influenced policy decisions at the very highest level. The Federation, however, feels a lot more need to be done in terms of education, knowledge brokerage, advocacy and action in local communities and it is against this background that we believe TALKPLAST 2019 will be a logical and timely sequel to our earlier program.

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In our quest to be innovative and cross-sectorial in our approach to deal with the situation, the Federation of Plastic Manufacturers Recyclers and Users, Ghana (otherwise known as The Plastics Federation) has resolved to strengthen coordination and cooperation within member countries by establishing this platform of knowledge sharing within available resources, and building on existing initiatives, a multi-stakeholder platform within member countries and the  regional body (ECOWAS), to take immediate action towards the long-term elimination of discharges of litter and microplastics through a life cycle approach, into the oceans.

The Abidjan Convention protocol convened in 2012 required that there should be a convention concerning cooperation in the protection and development of marine and coastal environment from land-based sources and activities in the Western, Central and Southern African Region which is enshrined in Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) #14 and was signed officially and adopted by countries within the region. This protocol requires total cooperation in combating the pollution that is being witnessed today.

Therefore, the Plastics Federation in conjunction with the Abidjan Convention Secretariat, the Ministries of Environment Science Technology and Innovation in, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Ghana as well as the Environmental Protection Agencies Cooperation Secretariat in these West African countries having boundaries with the Gulf of Guinea is organizing the TALKPLAST 2019; West Africa Plastic Waste and Marine Litter Conference under the theme: “West African Countries for a Clean and Productive Ocean” will aim to;

  1. Mobilize resources that will enable stakeholders across the West African countries with coastal communities to work together to promote good health and wellbeing for their people as enshrined in Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) #3 by implement best practices in;
  2. Through Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) Nos:1,6, & 9 tackle issues of poverty, awareness, education and capacity building to tackle the sanitation and waste problem
  3. Reduce accumulation of waste from vessels and other marine-based sources;
  4. Reduce all forms of debris and waste on land in order to prevent leakage into marine environments with particular references to plastics and microplastics;
  5. Form effective collaborations with various institutions to clean plastic and other waste from the West African coastal communities, seas, and estuaries which will effectively support the provisions of Sustainability Development Goal (SDG)# 14;


  1. Promote recycling, Circular Economy, and the entire life-cycle strategies as well as the gathering information with a view to inform policies and action on environmentally sound technological innovations, options and measures to reduce the risks of discharges; and embracing incentive schemes and other activities that will harness the circular economy; and to support life on land as enshrined in Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) #15


  1. Provision of technical assistance to coastal municipalities within the catchment areas and where applicable their harbours where waste management is a growing problem with innovative approach to deal with the challenging phenomena.


To this end, TALKPLAST 2019 (West Africa Plastic Waste and Marine Litter Conference) would be creating a strategic plan for tackling West African marine waste issues taking into cognizance the provisions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) rectified by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

TALKPLAST 2019 would develop an informative guide to best practice, leaving implementation options open to various countries within the sub-region.