Ghana can generate GH¢83 billion annually through recycled Waste. The country is estimated to generate 30,000 tonnes of solid waste daily and 86 per cent of the waste are recoverable through recycling.
This was made known at a multi-stakeholder Waste Resource Platform meeting in Accra organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The meeting, which brought together stakeholders from the waste management sector, government institutions and agencies, as well as development partners, was aimed at initiating a platform for collaboration to tackle the waste menace in the country.
It is being funded under a Country Investment Facility of the UNDP to promote innovation and the use of technology in tackling waste.
Under the initiative, a national competition will be launched to provide technical and financial support to some projects that will test innovative waste recovery solutions.
UNDP Country Director, Ms Gita Welch said, “as with many urbanising economies, Ghana’s municipalities face significant challenges with solid waste management”.
She underscored the fact that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could not be met unless waste management and recovery were given priorities.
“It is reported globally that there are more than seven billion of us, and we are producing waste every day. A staggering half of that waste is not collected, treated or safely disposed of, and it’s causing a global waste crisis.
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