Accra, Dec 4, GNA – E-Waste Management in Ghana (E-MAGIN), a project being implemented by University of Cape Coast with other partners, has organized an awareness creation exercise for selected technical schools.
The programme has so far been organised in Greater Accra and Eastern regions and trained several youth on how to safely dismantle, re-assemble and create innovative products out of various fractions, according to a statement signed by Professor Mrs Rosemond Boohene, the Project Coordinator.
The statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said a consortium as part of its work embarked on the sensitization exercise on how to effectively and profitably manage e-waste.
The consortium is made of Adelphi, Ghana National Cleaner Production Center and City Waste Recycling Limited.
“This will help to reduce the adverse impact on environment and health arising out of the polluting technologies used in recycling e-waste in the informal sector,” the statement said.
“The programme essentially exposed the students to the concept of circular economy by focusing on basic techniques in handling e-waste, hammering on collection, storage, dismantling, recycling and disposal.”
It added that the programmes sought to arouse interest of students in business and career opportunities available in the e-waste value chain in Ghana.
Improper management of e-waste and its hazardous effect on the environment and eventually on the economy of Ghana was also highlighted.
In August 2016, The Government passed the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act, 917 and the corresponding Hazardous, Electronic and Other Wastes (Classification), Control and Management Regulations 2016, Legal Instrument (LI) 2250 in January 2017, to regulate the management of e-waste in the country.
These national instruments stipulate the duties of various stakeholders with respect to every undertaking in the field of collection, storage, transportation, treatment and final disposal of e-waste in Ghana.
E-MAGIN is a 48-month project, which is supported with a grant from the European Union, to promote efficient management of electronic waste in Ghana, according to the statement.
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