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Ghana: Electronic, Electrical Scrap Storage Facility to Be Completed June 2021

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Work on a new facility in Accra for the purchase and storage of electronic and electrical scraps for onward recycle is scheduled for completion by June next year.

The establishment of the facility, also known as Hand-Over-Centre, is part of Phase One of the Recycling and Disposal of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment in an Environmentally Sound Way project.

Financed by the German Co-operation (GIZ) at a cost of €10 million, the project is being implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

At a workshop for Editors in Accra yesterday, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, MESTI, and Project Coordinator, Lydia Essuah, said the Phase One of the project was for a period of three years, from 2018 to 2021.

Detailing the objectives of the project, she stated that due to illegal imports, population growth and changing consumer habits, there was increased quantities of electrical and electronic waste in the country.

She noted that in order to obtain the valuable metals that could be recycled or sold, informal collectors incinerate the plastic parts or cable coating, a process which was harmful to health.

The project, she said, was designed to encourage the informal collectors to dispose of and recycle electronic waste in an environmentally-sound manner while realising the financial benefits.

“The necessary thing is to minimise negative environmental and human health impacts from improper management of electronic wastes.