The National Reuse and Recyclers Association, in collaboration with partner agencies DANIDA, USAID and the European Union have advocated for a National Resource Recovery and Circular
Economy Policy for Ghana.

Speaking at a workshop in Accra as part of the advocacy action last week, the acting National President of NARRA, Mr. John Tetteh Commey explained that “Circular Economy (CE) is an economy in which economic activities derive value under the conditionsthat an existing resource stock within the system is continuously re-circulated to maintain its maximum value and utility over time, and fluctuations in that stock are in balance with the environment; enabling the viable and sustainable use of resources,” he said.

Mr.Tetteh-Commeyexplainedthat,the absence of a waste resource recovery and circular economy policy for Ghana to facilitate the development of required waste recovery programs as well as
lay the foundations for the enactment of future resource recovery and circular economy law to ensure substantial reduction of raw waste that ends up at the landfill is constricting the growth of the Waste-to-Resource sector of the economy and puting pressure on the country’s virgin raw materials.

Mr. Commey added that phenomena like global warming, climate change,population growth, excessive raw material exploitation, waste generation among others are all competing for
appropriate policy interventions across the world.

Whereas environmental and social challenges demand increasing attention, policy initiatives have not kept pace with the growth in the scale of these challenges.

Rapid population growth and urbanization and their attendant pressures on resource utilization and waste creation have made it imperative for nations to begin to explore more innovative and sustainable ways of maximizing the benefits from production and consumption processes.

“The times when production and consumption processes are allowed to assume a liner direction of take-make-use and dispose of cannot be allowed to continue.

There is an urgent need for a
national circular economy policy that lays down the appropriate frameworks for all manufacturing systems to design programs which will ensure that the by-products from their production processes and the waste that is generated at the end of life of the products do not
move straight into the waste stream but a handled in accordance as Materials-In-Transition (MINT) and deliberately transferred to another sector as a raw material to support further production processes,” he said.

Mr. Commey intimated,” We at NARRA are expecting His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo to make a bold policy statement that shifts from the current linear economy to a circular economy to provide the policy direction in our
production and consumption processes which will expand the waste recovery and waste trade in the national economy to serve as a stimulus for the waste reuse and recycling industry in Ghana
and Circular Economy Policy for Ghana.”

NARRA also believes that Government, working through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly (MMDA) to explore the feasibility of setting up waste stock exchange a recycling plant in every district under the one-district-factory (1D1F) to give life to this proposed circular economy once it becomes operational NARRA is an association of individuals and firms that are making a living by transforming trash to cash.

NARRA was established with a vision of partnering with all stakeholders in the national economy to work for the creation of a Ghana that has zero waste.

The association was established with a vision of partnering with all stakeholders in the national economy to work for the creation of a Ghana that has zero waste

Source: Elorm Ntumy

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