The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has supported Craftsmen Ghana, a group of medical students at the University of Ghana Medical School with 25 colour coded waste bins to advance an initiative to practice waste segregation in the school.
The presentation was made at a short ceremony at the University of Ghana Medical School at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital last Friday, and was graced by the Provost of the College of Health Sciences at UG, Reverend Professor Patrick Ferdinand K. Ayeh-Kumi, The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah, Sustainability Advisor of AMA, Mr. Desmond Appiah and students of UG Medical School.
According to the leader of Craftsmen Ghana, Theodore Amegashie, the idea to segregate waste from source was to divert waste from landfill sites into recycling, adding that, the initiative would be piloted in ‘Block D’, one of the school’s hostels and later scaled up to other parts of the hospital with support from AMA.
Segregating waste from source, he said, was an environmentally safe alternative for land filling with the tendency to protect the environment from dangerous fumes from compaction, and degradation of structural integrity of lands used as landfill sites.
Mr. Desmond Appiah, the Sustainability Advisor of AMA, who presented the bins on behalf of the Assembly, commended the students for their step to practice waste segregation and promised them of AMA’s unending support to ensure its successful implementation.
He indicated that over the years, the AMA has taken steps to reduce the quantum of waste that goes to land fill sites, stressing that “the Assembly recognises attitudinal change as a means to ensure a clean Accra so any initiative that will support the agenda of reducing the quantum of waste going to landfill sites and that can encourage people to recycle, will be supported by the Assembly because waste is money.”
Mr. Appiah recalled that the AMA has distributed over 1,000 colour coded waste bins under the Waste Segregation Program for Basic and Senior High Schools rolled out last year, to create a culture of waste management by separating plastic waste from organic waste in order to make waste a resource and subsequently reduce the amount of waste for landfill sites.
The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah in a remark said the Ministry was working towards shifting from land filling to waste recycling and commended AMA for initiating waste segregation, which the university of Ghana medical school has adopted.