Pick-It is the first sorting center built for waste pickers in West Africa. The project seeks to increase plastic collection and improve the livelihood of community waste pickers by creating a residential collection routes in Tema New Town.

Tema New Town is a coastal community where 80% of the resident have no waste services. As a result, many residents resort to indiscriminately dumping on the beach or burning their waste. This project seeks to close the gap between community waste pickers and buyers in order to improve purchasing prices and qualities of materials available to the local recycling market.

More than 300 waste pickers have been empowered through this project and an additional 32 have received specialized training and business support ot help them develop stronger businesses.


  • ​Tema Traditional Council

  • Tema Metropolitan Authority (T.M.A)


  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


  • Increase plastics recovered and recycled in the community

  • Increase daily wages of waste pickers

  • Increase number of waste pickers with access to insurance