In this context, he criticised the largest African tip for electric waste, which is located in Ghana. There, more than 15,000 children living on the tip were using cigarette lighters and hammers to gain recyclable material from the electric scrap and were attempting to recycle it themselves. Local politicians were turning a blind eye on the situation. In addition to avoiding waste, quantities of it that could not be prevented had to be reused in a circular economy, Müller stressed. In the surroundings of the waste tip in Ghana, the BMZ was establishing a recycling system with which up to 10,000 jobs were to be created.

BMZ “Prevent” Initiative to cover the world

According to Müller, first, the German initiative was to be extended to the European Union level, and then it was to be further developed. Local communities were an important contact in Germany itself. They had numerous international partnerships as well as the “best skills and knowhow” in the waste disposal sector, he said.