Bosch Ghana has rolled out lead-acid Battery recycling project, established by a reverse logistic in partnership with Ghanaian professional market players, City Waste Management Ghana, battery distributors, used battery collectors and end consumers to protect the environment.
Automotive lead acid car batteries contain various heavy metals and toxic chemicals which is harmful to the environment and the health of individuals.
Currently, the management of used batteries in the field does not focus on socially responsible actions of key role players with no application of the recommended standards that ultimately pose health risks, soil contamination and water pollution.
According to the United Nation statistics, the estimated market volume is around 800,000 units of batteries traded every year in Ghana.
West Africa Regional Director at Bosch Ghana, Julien Lacoste, tells Joy business, that “the long-term sustainability of Ghana environmental landscape requires legal compliance in the handling of used automotive Batteries, Bosch in Ghana full supports the recycling project that focuses on collection and recycling of used automotive lead batteries,” he stated.
Country Sales Manager at Bosch Ghana, Kingsley Otu-Koram, also indicated that “the programme targets battery sellers, battery collectors and end-users with an incentive programme to bolster change in behaviours on handling of automotive batteries.
In addition, the programme also aims to support creation of formal jobs primarily in the logistic and training fields. As of November 2020, 14 collections points have already been deployed with an objective to double the collection points by 2021.”
Yves Nono, Africa Regional President confirmed the need for such initiatives and confirmed that, “after a successful pilot project in Ghana, we intend to expand such project across other African countries.”
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