Yale Club members at the SOS village
The Alumni of Yale University in Ghana have underscored the essence of effective waste disposal by all citizens in the country to help advance the course of environmental protection to mark their annual community outreach initiative.
Members of the association, on Saturday, in Accra, undertook a clean-up exercise with children of the SOS village and Play Soccer Ghana, an NGO, to sensitise the public on plastic waste recycling methods which could be adopted to improve upon sanitation.
The community project dubbed ‘Yale Day of Service’ which coincided with alumni bodies in other parts of the world saw the group demonstrate the use of empty water sachets to reproduce usable products such as goal post nets.
Kweku Awotwi, Chairman of Yale Club, said the group focused on children at SOS village to help kindle the spirit of keeping their immediate environments clean and to ensure other stakeholders got involved in the campaign against indiscriminate plastic waste disposal.
He said the association also intends to roll out sustainable awareness programmes on environmental protection to collect plastic waste on regular basis and supply to some identified recycling companies to be converted into useable products.
‘It is important we take good care of our communities. It should be a collective responsibility to help promote a clean and healthy environment other than people expecting government to address all sanitation issues,’ he said.
Faisal Marafa, Programmes Manager, Play Soccer Ghana, an organisation which focuses on educating young people through sporting activities, said the goal post nets from empty water sachets, as pilot project in the Central Region, would be produced on large scale and supplied to schools that lacked such facilities.
Students of the SOS College said undertaking community outreach projects enabled them to contribute their quota to helping transform society and called for support from organisations to enable them to create more lasting impact in their communities.
Yale Group had also supplied litter bins to the SOS village to be used in collecting all kinds of plastic waste which would be recycled for use in the future.
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