research report on the assessment of Ghana’s electronic waste (e-waste) has
suggested the formalisation of the operations of informal scrap dealers to aid
in taxation purposes, monitoring and enforcement of legislative instruments.
to the report, upgrading infrastructure and allocating land to develop
designated e-waste processing zones would streamline monitoring and enforcement,
adding that centralising e-waste businesses to designated localities would
simplify and streamline monitoring and enforcement.
report was initiated by Adelphi, a German-based research advocacy, E-MAGIN
Consortium, Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre, City Waste Recycling with
financial support from the European Union (EU).
report dubbed; “Money dey for borla”, sought to understudy the value of e-waste
management in the country.
Ebenezer Kumi, a national focal point at Adelphi Ghana, said the research which
was launched in May this year, was conducted from eight regions across the
made this known while presenting findings and recommendations from the report
at the e-waste stakeholder forum 2019 of the 7th West African Clean
Energy and Environment (WACEE) in Accra yesterday.
event gathered participants from various fields, including producers and
recyclers from the formal and informal sector.
Kumi explained that the first step in formalising the operations of informal
scrap dealers could begin by local authorities facilitating the acquisition of
land for scrap dealers to set up spacious and improved facilities for
to him, it was observed during the studies that more than 90 per cent of the
country’s informal scrap dealers were currently living in makeshift and unauthorised
sheds which lacked space to safely dismantle and store e-waste upon processing.
the report urged the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
(MESTI) and other sectors to offer incentive schemes and provide monetary
support to scrap dealers in order to avoid cherry picking of valuable fractions
to promote expansion of collection infrastructure.
recommended the formation of scrap dealers associations and streamlining of
registration procedures to accelerate formalisation and strengthening their
bargaining power, adding that “waste management departments in metropolitan, municipal
and district assemblies could form e-waste teams made up of national service
personnel who could be deployed to various locations with simple forms to
register and collect informal waste collectors’ data.”
report further proposed the creation of awareness to strengthen the monitoring
and enforcement of legal ambit of Act 917 and LI 2250 on actors in the e-waste value
Sector Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, in his remarks said the
circular economy was critical to the development of the country and reiterated
government’s commitment to support the e-waste management of the sector.
Frimpong-Boateng called on stakeholders in the sector to collaborate in order
to tackle issues in the sector to maintain a clean environment.
Ambassador Diana Acconcia, Head of European Union Delegation to Ghana, said to sustain the e-waste sector there was the need to train actors in the value chain, and announced that the union would soon enter a financial framework with Ghana from 2021 to support issues on environment and climate change.
BY ALLIA NOSHIE
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