Operations of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the management of electronic waste need to be formalized to safeguard the environment and health of the people, Project Coordinator for E-Waste Management in Ghana (E-magin), Professor Rosemond Boohene has opined.
According to her, the passage of the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act (Act 917) provides a need to regulate the activities of operators in the electronic waste management sector.
In this regard, she noted “The University of Cape Coast, Adelphi (Germany), in partnership with the Ghana National Cleaner Production Center and City Waste Recycling Limited has embarked on an intensive training programme to build capacities of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in sustainable electronic waste management.
Addressing journalist at the sidelines of a three day workshop held in Takoradi, Project Cordinator Professor Rosemond Boahene stated the influx of electronic equipment due to modernity exposes us to several hazardous elements from wastes that result from their usage and or disposal.
She explained: “Now we have a lot of electronic equipment around because information and communication technology but realized that when we use those electronic equipment whether new or second-hand… the way we dispose them off are not in an environmentally friendly manner”
She stressed the project would in that regard identify stakeholders in the e-waste value chain to explore strategies to improve electronic waste management.
“This project seek to identify all stakeholders in the e-waste sector. We are not only looking at the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises operating in the area but we also have agencies like the MMDAs, GRA, EPA…we want to build a consensus as to how to help these MSMEs in the value chain, on how we dispose these waste off so that at the end of the day we are not going to pollute the environment and also cause health hazards to anybody”, she elaborated.
The workshop forms part of a series of activities to be undertaken within an forty-eight month period, and its being sponsored by the European Union. The E-magin project is being implemented in eight regions of Ghana: Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Volta and Western Regions, with the objective to improve management of E-waste in Ghana towards Sustainable Consumption Production (SCP).