Responsible Waste Processing

Organisation (Stakeholder)

City Waste Management Co Ltd (CWM)


Growing population and changing lifestyles in Africa lead to increasing volume and complexity of waste that is generated, going together with a number of hazardous substances that are of particular concern because they pose risks to human health and the environment. As sanitary landfills are scarce and have a limited life-span, significant portions of waste find their way to dumpsites and heaps. At the same time, resource recovery and recycling are handled primarily by waste pickers in the informal sector causing serious risks for the quality of life and the environment. Enhancing resource efficient waste management and recycling can contribute turning societal challenges into opportunities for win-win solutions benefitting the public as well as the private sector.


City Waste Recycling Ltd offers responsible waste processing for a wide range of waste types from problematic e-waste and batteries to sawdust and plastic. It provides formal employment lifting waste collectors out of the informal sector.CWR recycles waste ranging from e-waste and batteries to sawdust and plastic, which it sources from local industries and waste collectors in the city of Ho. From this waste, CWR generates products such as plastic pellets, printed circuit boards and biogas (compost) and exports recycled e-waste products.Partners:

  • City Waste Recycling Ltd manages waste processing as well as marketing and distribution of recycled products.
  • Oeko Institut, a research institution in Freiburg, Germany, facilitates expert advice to CWR through a government-funded project.
  • FanMilk Ghana Ltd provided a pre-financing capital investment to CWR in 2009 and continues to be a major sponsor to the enterprise.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana provides legal frameworks, compliance and notification procedures to CWR.

City Waste is among the winners of the SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development, an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. 


Social impacts:

  • Raising income, social security and health insurance enrolment rates for 500 self-employed people from the informal sector.

Environmental impacts:

  • Reducing the burning of e-waste, having already reduced the unauthorised burning of electric cables by over 30% in the community since installing its cable granulator.
  • Protecting the ozone layer from absorbing toxic gases from more than 10,000 refrigerators with its refrigerator-degassing plant.

Economic impacts:

  • Training of and provision of simple tools to 30 workers from Agblogbloshie, the major e-waste dismantling site in Accra.
  • Transforming waste into resources and providing various recycled products to the community.

Period of Implementation

Wednesday, 8. March 2017 to Thursday, 31. December 2020


Contact person

Juergen Meinel / Managing Director Vivian Ahiayibor / Field Co-ordinator



Waste hierarchy

  • Reuse
  • Recycling
  • Recovery

Waste type

  • Battery
  • E-Waste
  • Metal
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Plastic

Area of intervention

  • Operation
  • Informal Sector
  • Implementation Strategy
  • Capacity Development


Africa Western Africa


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