The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and stakeholders in the waste management value chain have called for deepened collaboration and commitment among key actors to promote sustainable waste management and circular economy in Ghana.
At the maiden Ghana Waste Fair held in Accra, the Resident Representative of UNDP in Ghana, Dr Angela Lusigi, called on stakeholders to recognise the urgency of environmentally sound waste management as a gateway to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She hinted that Ghana’s current waste management situation was not the best, adding that action had to be taken for the prosperity of people in Ghana.
She, therefore, urged all to leverage inclusive partnerships to rally in the scaling up of innovative solutions for sustainable waste management.
“It is time to make the right choices for equitable and lasting prosperity for all people across generations by prioritising waste prevention, reduction, recycling and re-use,” she said.
For her part, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ms Cynthia Asare Bediako, said sustainable waste management also led to job creation.
“We must, therefore, deepen our partnerships across all sectors to support innovations that will transform waste management into a profitable venture,” she added.
She further encouraged households to properly dispose of waste and avoid disposing of them at unauthorised places to be re-cycled.
The Founder of MH Couture and Extreme Upcycle, Matilda Payne Boakye-Ansah, called on the government to provide tax exemptions to private entities in the waste management sector to scale up for a deepened impact.
She also highlighted the need for inclusive policy-making processes to allow innovators and waste collectors to make inputs towards waste management policies at the grassroots level.
Patience Anaadem, ISD