AMA equips Public Health Officers, others with solid waste data collection skills


A training workshop aimed at equipping public health engineers, environmental health officers and analyst as well as development planners in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) with skills to collect relevant data on solid waste and emissions from landfills has ended in Accra.

The training workshop which forms part of processes towards developing climate -resilient strategies was organised by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with C-40 Climate Leadership Group, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), University of Cape Coast (UCC) as well as some Municipal Assemblies in Accra.

Deputy Director in charge of Waste Management at the AMA, Mr. Victor Kotey , in an interview said the workshop hopes to build the knowledge base of the participants to enable them appreciate the essence of collecting solid waste characteristics data , use the Aeroqual method to measure landfill gas emissions among others.

He noted that participants were trained in Municipal solid waste Characterisation and Landfill Green House Gases (GHG) Emissions measurement to help establish essential baseline data needed to support management decisions and policy development and the implementation environmentally friendly treatment technologies to reduce emissions.

He announced that actual collection of samples would begin on Wednesday 21st of August 2019 adding that participants would be given branded plastic bags for collection of samples in selected communities.

“We are collecting samples from high, middle and low income communities including Tesano, North Ridge, Achimota, Odorkor, Nima, Maamobi, James Town and Chorkor , ” he said.

Mr Kotey pointed out that the team would use the systematic sampling method in collecting samples.