The Special Advisor of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Mr. Oliver Boachie has disclosed that, the second phase of an electronic waste (e-waste) management project at City of God, popularly known as Agbogbloshie, in Accra will begin next year.
Agbogbloshie which is one of the world’s digital dumping grounds, where millions of electronic waste products from the west are legally and illegally processed each year will soon have an integrated e-waste recycling facility.
Electronic Waste Project
The project comprises a health post, a football pitch and a training workshop to provide capacity in the collection, dismantling and disposal of E-waste.
In a side-line interview with Change Agent Media at advocacy training workshop organised by Caritas Ghana, an organisation focused on collecting electronic scrap in Accra, Mr. Boachie noted that, the project is jointly executed with the German government.
The training programme brought together Faith- Based Organisations including the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) and Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference.
According to him, the project is expected to strengthen the capacity of scrap dealers to ply their trade in an environmentally safe manner to reduce risks to human health and also provide them with healthcare services, among other forms of support.
Mr. Boachie pointed out that, the entire project formed part of the government’s long-term measures to address the improper disposal of electronic waste and its accompanying health and environmental challenges.
“It will help protect the people of Accra and its environs, specifically the Agbogbloshie community, against toxic pollutants generated from the burning of e-waste,” he added.
The Special Adviser explained that the comprehensive project would include a recycling plant for converting electrical and electronic waste materials into final products in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.
“The project will be organised in phases which will be completed with the next 10 years,” he said.
Addressing participants at the Advocacy Training Workshop, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana. Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo said, currently, the dominant way e-waste is disposed of in the country is through burning.
To improve conditions for the sustainable management and disposal of electronic waste in the country, he indicated that, there was a need to train Faith-Based Organisations to advocate and educate their members of e-waste.
According to him, organising the training programme was an intervention needed for participants to understand policies and laws on e-waste products.
“We aim to increase awareness to reach greater portion of citizenry on this issue,” he emphasised.
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the German government jointly inaugurated the first phase of an electronic waste (e-waste) management project March this year.
With an estimated 40 to 50 million tons of e-waste generated annually, and with Ghana serving as the final destination for e-waste, the e-waste is a major global problem, and one of the top environmental challenges of the 21st century.
The German government, through its Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), financed the project at a cost of €25 million.
The project when completed will create over twenty-two thousand (22,000) self-sustaining jobs for the Ghanaian youth.
Editor: Mr. Roland Annor Botchway