Saving Ghana Through Tyre-Recycling

Environmental progress depends on our ability to find effective solutions to societal problems using an entrepreneurial approach.


Enactus Radford is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

Environmental pollution is one the world’s greatest problems. Environmental pollution is on the rise each passing day, week, month and year with little being done to help remedy the situation which has caused irreparable damage to the earth. The common environmental we know are air, water, soil, noise and light.

However in recent time, it has to the notice of Enactus Radford how the tyre burning menace has tremendous effect on the air we breathe, water we drive, food we eat and other serious health hazards that results in the emission of dangerous gases from the burning of tyres.

There are over 2million scrap tyres in Ghana that are not used for any purpose other than being burnt or used to burn the fur of livestock. This act has health implications in the long run. Burning tyres releases dark, thick smoke that contains cyanide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and products of butadiene and styrene. Extinguishing tire fires is difficult.

Significant amounts of liquids and solids containing dangerous chemicals can be generated by burning tyres. These products can pollute soil, surface water, and ground water and care must be taken to properly manage these impacts as well

As a result of identifying this problem in our society where the unemployment crisis is unceasing, Enactus Radford designed the Tyrecycling project targeting vulcanizes in Madina. A project aimed at recycling Tyres into useful furniture. We have been able to train about 31 vulcanizes impacting their lives. Now waste Tyres can be useful in the homes, schools, hotels and other recreational centers other than being seen as mere trash waiting to set ablaze on fire.

After few weeks of training, together with the vulcanizes produced beautiful furniture which they can now sell and make profit from.

We have to be conscious of our environment and undertake project which help save the Earth from damaging human activities same time creating employment and improving the lives of people.
We are dedicated to inspire the world using entrepreneurial skills to solve problems by creating community development projects in Ghana and beyond.

Source: Hannah Nboreba

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