Dr Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has underscored the importance of waste segregation to productive waste recycling.
He said the practice of clamping all types of waste was a thing of the past and that all must have a change of mind to ensure that waste produced at all levels from homes, schools, to institutions were segregated.
“We must reopen the conversation of waste segregation because waste is no longer waste but wealth and a raw material for value addition.”
Dr Kokofu said this during the relaunch of the waste segregation initiative by the EPA in collaboration with Jekora Ventures, on Friday, in Accra.
He said once waste was segregated, it made it easier for waste management companies to pick and send to the appropriate facility for recycling activities to be undertaken.
“We are starting the initiative here in our office, by having these segregated receptacles, and from next week we would be going round to our neighbours in the Ministries enclave to monitor, after which we would carry it on to the public,” he said.
“By next week Service Personnel would be going out as environmental inspectors to inspect what is being done by individuals and institutions and that would help us to engage in a fierce enforcement regime with sanctions attached.”
“One of the key things we would look out for is the segregated waste bins, and institutions and individuals who are found wanting would be sanctioned,” he added.
Madam Martha Annan Nartey, Innovations Manager, Jekora Ventures, said the Company was excited to be part of the relaunch of the initiative, saying, from COP 26, waste management had become a key issue and that to have resilient cities, there was the need to manage waste properly.
“One way to manage waste properly is through waste segregation at source, and a principle to waste segregation at source is to separate them using different receptacles.”
She commended the EPA for relaunching the initiative and stated the commitment of Jekora Ventures to ensuring that the initiative worked perfectly and urged corporates and individuals to adopt the practice to make Accra the cleanest city in West Africa.