An initiative backed by Coca-Cola, Unilever and Danone to recycle the plastic waste choking Ghana is better at deflecting blame and avoiding regulation than actually recycling. Agnes Kwansah dragged her sacks across the dusty truck yard, around assorted piles of garbage, to reach the pop-up weighing station. She’d spent the last month collecting discarded bottles around Swedru, a town about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Accra, the Ghanaian capital. They weren’t hard to find: Plastic pollution is a scourge across Africa and Ghana was once ranked as the world’s seventh messiest nation. Yet now the country is being hailed as a success story, thanks to a corporate-sponsored cleanup. The event in Swedru was organized by the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE), a coalition of international companies that has won plaudits for its recycling efforts […]