Vivo Energy Ghana in partnership with Environment360 have officially launched a workplace and schools recycling programme dubbed CyClean.
The initiative which was unveiled last year among other things, was meant to promote environmental sustainability particularly in basic schools and in various communities.
At the launch on Wednesday October 31, Vivo Energy awarded certificates to 10 basic schools, the A.M.E Zion ‘A’ School, A.M.E Zion ‘B’ School, A.M.E Zion ‘C’ School, Nii Kojo Ababio Basic School, St. George’s Anglican School, and Korle Gonno R.C. School for their successful participation in the piloted programme which culminated into the launch.
Vivo Ghana’s Corporate Communication Manager, Madam Shirley Tony Kum, speaking on behalf of Vivo Energy’s MD, Mr. Ebenezer Faulkner, reiterated her company’s commitment to championing a clean environmental sustainability.
She mentioned the growing challenge associated with poor sanitation and waste management and the inadequate waste bins for collection as the main reasons for the initiative.
CyClean currently targets basic schools within the Korle Gonno and Mamprobi environs under the Ghana Recycling Incentivized Programme for Schools (GRIPS) to promote environmental sustainability.
Out of 10 basic schools, six schools participated in the initiative, namely Nii Kojo Ababio Basic School, A.M.E Zion Cluster of schools, St. Georges Anglican School and Korle Gonno R/C Boys School.
In all, a total waste of 4.84 tonnes made up of 3.8 tonnes of plastics and 1.04 tonnes of paper were collected and recycled.
Madam Tony Kum however, noted that monies accrued from the recycled waste products were used to purchase segregation bins for the schools.
CyClean was also adjudged the 2017 winner of the Vivo Energy Group Reputation Builders award in Amsterdam. The initiative, in the pilot stage, also won the Vivo Energy Group the 2018 Shell Licensee Mission Heroes award in the Global Social Cause category.
The Deputy Director in Charge of Supervision and Management, Accra Metro Educational Office, Cecilia Garr, lauded the initiative and described it as a timely intervention in dealing with growing menace of poor sanitation particularly in basic schools.