The Executive Secretary of ESPA, Ms Ama Ofori Antwi making a presentation at the ongoing 28th Mole conference in Accra.
Her presentation was on the theme ‘ Enhancing private sector participation in waste management.
The Mole conference has become the biggest conference of experts and stakeholders in the environmental sanitation sector. It is an annual event organised by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation ( CONIWAS).
Currently, one of the major challenges to addressing the country’s poor sanitation is infrastructure. Accra currently produces about 3,000 tons of waste daily but only about half of this is found at landfills or dumpsites. This is because of the sheer distances from points of collection to the final disposal site.
Ms Antwi said for instance that a waste truck moving from Accra Central to the Kpone Landfill and Nsumia made 90-km and 75-km turn-around respectively.
She told participants including an official from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources that premium must be placed on recycling to ensure that less waste was sent to landfills.
Ms Ofori Antwi stated that the country must be committed to waste financing, which was also one of the bottlenecks in addressing the problem. According to her, the establishment of a Sanitation Authority would ensure that activities in the sector was harmonised with a clear funding or financing mechanism.
She said everyone generated waste, and there must therefore be a strategy to ensure that the wheels of waste contractors were continuously oiled to keep the city free of filth and its people healthy.