Clean Ghana: Waste segregation way to go- EPA boss

The Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Henry Kwabena Kokofu, has urged organizations and households to start practicing waste segregation at their various homes and offices.

That, he said, would promote a clean environment.

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Mr Henry Kwabena Kokofu made the call on Atinka TV‘s current affairs programme, “The Agenda” with Nana Yaw Fianko (The Speaker).

He observed that Ghanaians have the attitude of mixing all their waste and sending it to the various refuse dumps or for collectors to pick it up.

That, he said, does not help with the recycling of some of the waste generated.

He also observed that plastic waste was non-degradable, cautioning the public over the risk it poses when it is dumped any how.

At first, he said that there were certain insects that used to eat plastic waste to get rid of it. Unfortunately, he said that those insects are no longer present to consume the plastic to make it clear.

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to make sure they separate their waste products so that if recycling companies decide to recycle them, it will be easy for them to do so.

Mr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu again observed that people generate too much waste, which can be prevented, and urged the public to also learn to minimize the amount of waste they generate at home and even at their various offices.

“That is why we are saying that there are ways to dispose of the refuse; why don’t you put the cans in one place, put the plastic in one place, and put the bottles in one place, When you do that, it is called waste segregation,” he said.

“I want every household and organization to do this: separate their waste so that when the collectors come, they send those that need to be recycled to where it has to go, and those who need bottles and cans will go for theirs,” the EPA boss said.

Meanwhile, he was not for banning the use of plastic, urging however that the laws are enforced to regulate the use of plastic bags in the system.

Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori


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