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Friday, March 26, 2010
Back in Belgium, you would often see many of these waste-disposal trucks on particular days, reminding you to do the so-called "triage", or sorting out. If you are seeing this here, it is because I took the picture right here in Ghana!
It naturally has to be one of those many second-hand vehicles that are imported into the country.
Whatever the case may be, the issue is clear: Ghana would seriously benefit from such a waste-disposal policy. While you are reading more of how Belgium does it here: http://www.belgium.be/en/environment/sorting_and_recycling_household_waste/index.jsp, allow me to explain very briefly what it is. It's about sorting out METALS / PLASTICS / DRINKS, etc all separately.
Plastics/drink/cartons were often picked up in a turquoise bag on Tuesdays; whereas regular garbage bags (in brown bags) were picked up twice a week. Everything else--like grass from the lawn, etc--had to be taken to a special waste disposal site. which was open to the public almost every day. If you forgot to take your garbage out, you could take it to one of these sites and dump it in appropriate areas.
I believe the title of this entry speaks volumes: "Let Who is Smart, Sort it out!". Wake up, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and Environmental Protection Agency!
labels: ama. epa, ghana environment; waste disposal