Waste in West Africa

  • 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.
  • Burning waste could provide Africa with 20% of its electricity needs But they have to keep those toxic by-products out of the atmosphere.

    AFRICA, 2016/01/08 Producing electricity from urban solid waste could provide energy for up to 40 million African households in 2025, according to a study co-authored by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). In a statement published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, JRC researchers determined the potential of recovering energy from trash by using landfill gas and waste incineration, and found that it could have provided additional than 20 % of the continent's total energy consumption in 2010. Where there are humans, there's trash, and an awful lot of it, too. Over the completed century, we somehow managed to increase our annual waste generation 10-fold, going from producing 110 million tonnes per year in 1900, to 1.1 billion tonnes in 2000. By 2025, household trash could all to a staggering 2.2 billion tonnes each year globally.
  • 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.