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Punish Them; We Cannot Afford To Lose Lives To Disasters

We have been treating the reckless and indiscipline of the masses with softhands in respect of how waste is disposed in Ghana. Our envious sanitation inspectors in the early 50's had lost their touch to a larger extent and this had contributed to the problem of indiscriminate disposal of waste.

The problem had largely been attitudinal and should care not be taken to sanction the compliance to sanitation rules our communities and Ghana as a country would be overwhelmed with waste. Gone were the days were our mothers would scream and race a marathon to clean and properly dispose their waste.

Today people [some] throw bottles and sachets, robbers and papers into the streets and this runs into gutters and drains choking the channel and thus obstruct the free flow of water. The consequence, very undesireble is the perineal floods recorded each year. But there is worse to it, the stagnated wanted and solid waste deposited in these drains had polited the air to an extent that the quality of air in our cities had dropped significantly and this threatened lives.

It is estimated that the country spends USD 3.4 million each year collecting, managing and disposing solid waste in the cities. This amount excludes the cost incurred at the rural communities. It does tells you how much we are paying as a price for our negligence and recklessness in dealing with waste.

In fact the numbers get scarier when you analyze a report by the World Bank that makes projections about how much it's being spent globally by 2025 in managing solid waste. We in Ghana have been traumatized by insanitary conditions such as cholera, malaria and other deadly but preventable diseases due to filth.

With 2% of global malaria cases and 3% of deaths, Ghana is among the 15 highest burden malaria countries in the world.

Pile of palstic waste found at a bay of a storm drain

Just recently tonnes of plastic and other waste were uncovered in the city of Takoradi. Water bottles, drinks and others had gotten stucked at a bays that ends at a major drains in the city.

These are all behavioural, and it has been that becuase no one is being punished for it. The more worrying situation is the fact that residents or say Ghanaians have become insensitive to their environment even to an extent that refuse that piles up in drains just around their compounds don't get cleaned up.

Debri and filth pulled from drains 

The fear is that the threat of flooding is high this year givent he projected rain fall patterns announced by the Ghana Meteorological Service. Dozens have lost their lives in floods, and millions of properties lost to it. It had taken yearst o recover from their loss, some of which are practically irredeemable.

So what lessons have we taken as citizens? Are we being responsible? To me, there are stronger and stricter bye-laws in every community that needs enforcement. Empowering the people to penalize those that fall foul of the law will get us do the right thing.

Money In Trash

It's now a growing phenomenon in Ghana where businesses are developed along the waste management value chain. Recycling is gradually taking shape but at a lower pace. Plastics and rubber are chopped into pillets, bagged and shipped for recycling.

Our local capacity to maximise the use of plastic and other waste is quiet low but that should deter us from doing the little things to save the environment.

In fact, the consequences for not changing our ways in dealing with waste especially plastics is dire. Just recently, it was reported that fishermen at Jamestown could onky catch plastics when they cast their nets into the ocean.

Marine life is gradually dying and we must save.

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