From May 16 to 20, 2022, Dr. Chantara Thevy Ratnam, an IAEA expert in polymer technology, will be in Ghana on a fact-finding tour to review a project plan to handle plastic trash using nuclear technology.
The project, entitled "NUTEC Plastics," is part of the IAEA's Technical Cooperation project and is an effort by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) to combat the country's plastic waste problem.
Dr. Ratnam will meet with government officials, the project team, and tour select GAEC laboratories during her 5-day visit. Following that, a workshop on reusing and recycling polymeric waste through radiation modification for the manufacturing of industrial goods would be held with chosen players in the plastic production and waste management industries.
As part of her activities, the IAEA expert will examine several current plastic recycling plant facilities, according to Dr. Harriet Danso-Abbeam, the project counterpart who is also a Senior Research Scientist at GAEC.
"The IAEA has chosen Ghana as one of four African countries to carry out this programme. South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco are the other three countries," she noted.
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