Started in 2017, with funding from the Danone Ecosytem Fund and FanMilk, Pick-It is the first sorting center to support the livelihoods of community informal sector plastic waste collectors in West Africa.
Ghana Plastic Action Partnership has noted that more than 80% of community waste pickers are women. Despite knowledge and ability, many of these women continue to work at the bottom of the value chain; lack of access to finance, technology and transportation are named as their main barriers.
The Pick-It Sorting Center seeks to support community waste pickers by providing a reliable value chain for their plastics they collect, in addition to providing logistics and support to help women waste pickers grow their business.
The center is owned and operated by Environment360 in conjunction with its community partner, Tema Traditional Council.