I walk through the streets of the city and all I see is our environment engulfed with waste; our streets raided with the filth of our hands and our minds playing the ‘I don’t care attitude’ with apathy in our hearts. Recently, I saw a sign board boldly written, ‘DUMPING OF REFUSE IS PROHIBITED HERE’ I was glad about this initiative but on a second look my joy just turned to sorrow. And I ask myself are these signages really playing their roles, if so, then why the waste around it? Who is there to check that whatever placed there is adhered to? Nobody, but we all expect people to comply with these orders.

Sometimes, we see waste bins playing a beautiful role on the streets but suffering because it has a lot of load within with tears of its contents dropping; and it cries out for the city authorities and ourselves to offload it to have its rest.

We all do our best to manage the waste, we start initiatives but what we mostly lack is the monitoring and the proper management of whatever we have provided.

The waste we generate from our daily activities has so much value in them which we do not see as such but rather as a big pot of boiling soup. My first day in a waste management class gave me a personal seems of responsibility to play a role and fulfil an objective in the management of waste.

I would like to ask a question, is waste management too difficult to tackle? If so what makes it difficult, is it about the hygienic way of collection, the transportation, the treatment of it or the making of important use of it? All of this seems difficult because of our attitude which has led and continually leads to the outbreak of diseases like cholera. Cholera has had its record in the country talk about the people it has bed-ridden which has led to low productivity in the country and the deaths it has caused. All because of our lackadaisical attitude towards waste.

As I was growing up, I thought improper management of waste was only by the illiterates but seeing the ages of life and that of education with experiences in good SHS (Senior High School) and universities have taught me that waste management is not all about book knowledge /being a literate / a professor of the books or a leader of an organization but it is all about our sense of responsibility to keep our environment clean.

Cleanliness is next to godliness. This sense of responsibility runs through training ourselves to affect others around us. If this attitude is built and our local authorities are not playing their part in collecting and treating it, then the problem at hand has not being tackled.

We are the source of our waste

Mind you, we always complain about employment issues but the solution to our problem is just around us i.e. the waste we generate. What then can you make out of it? Ask yourself.

A lecturer during a section with a number of students passed a comment saying, ‘Waste is resource in a making and as such has value in it’. Some students started giggling and others raised eyebrows with confusion asking themselves how. But I now realized and have found the light leading to the Canaan of finding the true value of waste.

I believe that the introduction of this column will sensitize us on the urgency of waste management, and as such keep us on our toes to manage waste properly and also see how valuable it is.

I believe in change and I know that all this happens with determination, persistence and courage with the inputs we make towards the achievement we want. Be concerned and I repeat, Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Let’s keep our environment clean for a better Ghana.

 

Source: Ama Pinto