waste plastic bottles and other types of plastic waste at the Thilafushi waste disposal site
The aim of the new alliance launched by the German government is to create new projects to avoid waste, for recycling and for correct disposal.
Photo: Shutterstock/Mohamed Abdulraheem

26.06.2019

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Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has joined forces with a large number of organisations and the countries of Indonesia and Ghana to launch an international alliance to prevent waste.

Waste has become a globalised product. Millions of tonnes of it are transported around the globe. Usually, waste from the Global North ends up on huge tips in the Global South that are sifted through for recyclable material under the worst working conditions.

In order to check the problem, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) initiated the international waste alliance “Prevent”, which links up 31 organisations and companies from the food industry, the waste and recycling industry and research institutions and social enterprises. The countries of Indonesia and Ghana are further partners. The aim is to create new projects to avoid waste, for recycling and for correct disposal in developing countries and emerging economies. Together with the Indonesian Ambassador to Germany, Arif Havas Oegroseno, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller presented the initiative in Berlin in mid-May.

The Minister noted that just four per cent of all waste was being recycled in developing countries.

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