The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation, has given US$9,000 for innovation in waste management.
The awards, which form part of the Innovative Solutions for Waste Management Challenge under the Ghana Waste Recovery Platform, aim to support young people in Ghana to develop innovative solutions for waste management towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
St. Catherine Senior High School won the waste innovation challenge and received US$4,000,
Their innovative project seeks to empower students and teachers to manage domestically generated waste by connecting sewage from the students’ bathhouse to a receptacle and later used to irrigate the school garden and promote tree-planting projects in the school.
Also, solid waste materials will be transferred from the school’s kitchen and compound into a compost pit to serve as manure and will be used to support the growth of plants in the school’s premises.
Obuasi Senior High Technical School, first runner up, was awarded US$3,000 for the design of a working prototype of a solar-powered contactless waste segregation bin to encourage reuse and recycling.
Methodist Senior High School emerged the third with an innovative idea to build an automatic waste sorting bin to make separation of waste easier and enable efficient recycling and was awarded US$2,000.
The Innovative Solutions for Waste Management Challenge received over 30 entries, amongst which Aburi Girls’ Senior High School and Cape Coast Technical Institute emerged fourth and fifth, respectively.
Patience Anaadem, ISD