‘Prioritise waste management’

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asadu Royal Waste Management, Dr Edward Asadu has called on the government to develop policies that are geared towards the recycling of waste as a way of dealing with the sanitation menace in the country.

He explained that many countries have adopted policies, which have helped beat the fight against sanitation.

He noted that the chunk of money being used in importing fertilisers into the country could be invested into the production of fertiliser locally through waste recycling.

Mr Asadu said this last Saturday, at the closure of the Nsumia Waste Disposal Site, located in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality in the Eastern Region.

Dr Asadu also mentioned that Ghana will not be able to improve on the waste situation if government does not focus on waste recycling.

“We spend huge sums of money to import waste, in the form of fertilisers from other countries whereas we can churn our own waste into these fertiliser at a reduced cost”, he said.

“We need our government to develop policies that will ensure that we recycle the waste generated in Ghana for other useful benefits such as fertiliser”, he added.

Head of Public Affairs at Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, in a statement issued last Monday noted that refuse trucks directed to Kpone disposal site in the Greater Accra Region were experiencing long queues, a situation which has been compounded by the reduction in the already short eight hour operational period and also not working on Sundays.

“Due to the above reasons, the AMA and the private service providers refuse collection trucks are delayed at the landfill sites hence the backlog of waste being spotted at various locations across the city”, he said.

“The Assembly wishes to assure the public that the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is working around the clock to ensure that the landfill sites are fully operational to bring the situation under control”, the statement said.

The AMA also called on management of Kpone landfill site to resume its 24hr operations.

 

Story: Mizpah ETORMENYE MENSAVIE- AYIVOR
Writer’s email: mizpah.mensavie-ayivor@todaygh.com

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