The aim of this paper is the creation of a fireretarding ceiling panel from recycled paper waste. To
achieve this, the researchers employed the experimental
and descriptive methods of research accompanied by
one of the principles underpinning the emotional
construction or psychology-based design approach to
product design which is liking (similarity and physical
appearance). The target population for the study was
printing presses and paper waste in Ghana. Printing
presses at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) and paper waste from these
printing presses were the accessible population.
Purposive sampling design was employed with interview
and observation being the data collection instruments.
Primary sources of data were interviewees, some books
and some Internet sources. Secondary sources were
mainly books and some Internet sources. The major
findings of the study include: low level use of paper
waste in Ghana for productive purposes, papier-mâché
methods, fire-retarding strategies for papier-mâchébased products, and strategies for removing cast
papier-mâché ceiling panels from their moulds. The
conclusions established that paper waste is a potential
material for the production of suitable ceiling panels,
that papier-mâché as a method is a means by which
paper waste can be recycled for the production of ceiling
panels and that fire retarding properties are achievable
with mashed paper-based products.
Keywords : Paper Waste, Papier-Mâché, Ceiling Panel, Fire-Retardation.