Environment360 joined other CSOs and waste management companies to understand how to support the creation of green jobs in Ghana during the next five years. During the seminar, groups participated in a stakeholder mapping and SWOT analysis of the current market in order to help the Ministry of Labor and Employment decide on its engagement strategy. The Ministry has identified eight key areas in which to push green jobs, one of which includes transforming informal sector workers into co-operatives. The Ministry is also identifying knowledge gaps within the sector to help support capacity building programs to enable growth within the green sector.
During the past three years, Environment360 has worked with supporting the formalization of more than 30 informal sector plastic waste collection groups, as well as building their capacity to create sustainable businesses. The organization will continue to work close with key stakeholders, like the Ministry to continue to share lessons learned from its activities.
Environment360 and its sister recycling company Evolve had an opportunity to receive previous technical support from 3M in February of this year, where executives from the United States came to evaluate and develop solutions to support stronger logistical support to Environment360 from Evolve. Environment360 staff worked with 3M to explore how to implement best practices at collection points, address transportation gaps and helped Evolve develop a break even analysis for its operations.
Environment360 was fortuned to receive a grant of $5,000 from 3M to support its activities. The grant will be used to break ground on a headquarters within the township of Dodowa.
Evolve is the sister company of Environment360 and is intended to support the organizations collection and selling of recyclables. Money collected from Evolve is donated back to Environment360 to better help support the activities of the NGO.