Waste in Ghana

  • Cleaning up the E-Waste Recycling Industry

    EGYPT, 2016/01/08 Upon opening a shipment of computers it had received through the International Children's Fund (ICF), a Ghanaian school discovered the equipment sent was 15 years old. Most of the computers needed replacement parts, parts that weren't available anymore. In the end, the school managed to get only a single computer working again. While the ICF had good intentions, a fake charity had handed it a container of what was meant to be workable secondhand material that was actually closer to its end of life--that is, entirely waste. That unfortunate Ghanaian school is only one victim in a long chain of corruption, theft and organized crime that stretches from Brussels to Cape Town.
  • West Africa turns into dumping ground for e-waste

    BENIN, 2016/01/08 As measures by nations in East and Southern Africa to prevent the dumping of e-waste take result, West Africa has become a destination for old computers, mobile devices and components. European Commission and U.N. studies show that West Africa is becoming a dumping site for e-waste from various parts of the world. Meanwhile, communication technology and services firm Ericsson says West Africa is becoming highly affected by e-waste, relative to other regions on the continent.
  • “Garbage swallows Accra,”

    GHANA, 2014/05/27 A crisis in garbage collection in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, that has seen mountains of refuse in the streets and in front of houses and offices, was one of the major stories covered by the media this week. The newspapers as well gave wide coverage to the sudden passing of veteran politician, Mr Paul Victor Obeng, last Saturday, with people across the political divide and from all walks of life paying tribute to him. “Garbage swallows Accra,” was the major story of the national-owned Graphic on Thursday, as the crisis escalated and health officials warned of the outbreak of diseases if the garbage is not collected. The newspaper said the Accra metropolis was under “siege” from mounting garbage that presently threatened the health of residents.