Recycling of polyethylene: an attempt to sachet and bottled water sustainability in Ghana

Emmanuel Baffour-Awuah, Stephen Akinlabi, Tien Chien Jen

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The millennium development goals (MDG) target 7c was set with the aim of reducing the percentage of global population without access to improved water sources in rural and urban communities by half. Sachet and bottled water have contributed to the achievement of this noble objective especially in developing countries such as Ghana. Polyethylene (PE) has been the major material employed in packaging the product. However, there is a dilemma for the fact that PE has toxic ingredients which are detrimental to both environment and biological matter. Fortunately, these negative effects can be minimized through recycling. The aim of this work was to review literature on the conventional techniques of recycling plastics in general and PE in particular, as a packaging material for sachet and bottled water. Issues dealt with include environmental and public health challenges; recycling legislation; recyclates; recycling processes; cost-benefit analyses of recycling; and the way forward.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern Manufacturing Processes
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128194966
ISBN (Print)9780128227749
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Biodegradation
  • incineration
  • landfilling
  • plastic waste
  • pollution control
  • polyethylene–biofiber composites
  • recyclates
  • recycling
  • sachet water
  • sustainable development goals
  • waste disposal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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