Sharing Good Recycling Practice in Ghana
In collaboration with Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI), we developed a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on lead battery recycling for the Ghanaian government. With the SOPs, the Ghanaian Ministry for the Environment (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aim to provide simple guidance for local auditors and plant managers on lead battery recycling process design and operations as well as effective prevention of hazardous substance releases into the environment.
“When we started to address and regulate the battery recycling sector in Ghana some years ago, we soon found out that we would need to create a reference document that guides regulators, plant managers and auditors on the Dos and Don’ts of battery recycling. We are happy that SRI and the industry associations are now supporting us in this direction,” said Mr. John Pwamang, Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana.
Lead-safe opportunity for Bangladesh
We have started to work with a broad and growing coalition of stakeholders focusing on lead issues in Bangladesh. Our partners include Pure Earth, the University of Dhaka Department of Geology, the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh, and Stanford University.
Additionally bringing together technical, social and environmental experts from UNEP, Eco-Social Development Organisation (ESDO), UNICEF and SMEP, the group aims to build a common understanding of the challenges around lead exposure, share data and insights. The group has brought together local, national and international stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Environment for educational workshops and to collaboratively find solutions to lead pollution sources while proposing interventions which will unlock the opportunity of improved lead battery recycling practices for the country.