Recycling of Solid Waste in Accra Metropolis: a Panacea to Solid waste Management in Ghana.

Authors: Ogunleye-Adetona Comfort*, Educational Institution, . Antwi Kwabina Barima, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Environment
Keywords: Solid waste, recycling, health hazards, environmental quality
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Increasing urbanization have contributed to an increase in the quantity and variety of solid wastes generated by human activities (Yoshizawa, Tanaka, & Shekdar, 2004). Accra Metropolitan area (AMA), the capital and the most urbanized city of Ghana, generates the highest solid waste; 2500 metric tonnes per day as at 2015 in Ghana (WMD, AMA, 2016). As a panacea, the AMA adopted the recycling of solid waste to significantly address the problem of solid waste management in the city and improve the quality of the environment. An evaluation of the success story of solid waste recycling in the management and improvement of environmental quality in Accra Metropolitan area was undertaken. Stratified and purposive techniques were used to select 104 respondents from all registered recyclers (9) of solid waste in Accra Metropolitan area, three key informants. Findings revealed that water sachet was the most recycled solid waste in AMA. Most of the recycling enterprises are privately owned. The respondents believed that recycled solid wastes has some economic benefits; raw materials for the production of polythene bags, rain coats. Unfortunately only five percent of the daily generated solid waste is recycled by the recycling enterprises probably because most households in the study area are not involved. There is therefore the need for AMA to effectively encourage households to invest in solid waste recycling. This will go a long way to reduce the emission ammonia gas which causes respiratory problems, irritation of the eyes

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