Making electronic waste recycling safer


The project aimed to provide 200 e-waste recyclers at the Agbogbloshie scrap metal site in Accra with mechanical wire strippers. The technique was to create a triple advantage: increased incomes, job creation and improved health for the workers and the neighbouring communities, by avoiding the toxic fumes from cable burning.

180 wire recyclers were trained. The adoption of the mechanical wire stripper increased the recyclers’ income thanks to the sale of better quality copper, an essential element in changing behaviours. More than 6.8 tons of cables were processed in nine months (2.3 tons planned) and 10 jobs were created to operate the equipment. The project reduced CO2 emissions by 3 tons and hydrochloric acid emissions by 1.2 tons. Two companies expressed interest in recuperating the plastics, shredded and compacted by a machine at the site, to ensure local recycling. The government adopted in December 2016 a law aiming to monitor the import and treatment of e-waste. The dialogue with the Health Protection Agency was ongoing relative to the site’s role as a model recycling and training centre.
3 tons of CO2


The NGO:
Pure Earth is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to developing and implementing solutions for pollution-related problems in middle and low-income countries, particularly in locations where there is a direct effect on human health. In Ghana, Pure Earth partners locally with the Greater Accra Scrap Dealers Association (GASDA), an umbrella organisation made up of people involved in the scrap business in the Greater Accra region, and with Green Advocacy Ghana, an organisation that aims to uphold and enhance the sustainability and integrity of Ghana’s environment.

tons of CO2

October 2014 – September 2017

Agbogbloshie scrap metal site, Accra

With whom
Pure Earth



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Pure Earth (ex-Blacksmith Institute) submitted in September 2015 its report on the first year of its electronic waste recycling project at the Agbogbloshie scrap metal site in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

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11 December 2014
Three new projects approved in September 2014

The Addax and Oryx Foundation granted funding to three new projects at its September Board meeting.

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