The Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, made this known during a tour of various landfill sites within the Accra Metropolis to assess the state of the sites as a response to reports of their mismanagement.
Hon. Ayariga said the Ministry was ready to engage scientists, investors, assemblies and all stakeholders to look into energy-from-waste options to help address the current energy crisis in the country, adding that waste was now a resource from which immense profit could be derived, if well managed.
The Minister, who was accompanied by Mr Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and officials of the Ministry and the EPA, made a stop at a decommissioned landfill site, the Sarbah landfill at Oblogo in the Ga south district, where proper capping of the site currently serves as an ideal model that should be adopted by district assemblies who bear the onus of ensuring the proper management of these sites.
Mr Amlalo noted that the appropriate management of a landfill site included the maximum utilization of air space by compacting waste, proper cell capping and leachate management.
Currently, however, Mr Amlalo said, the dump sites, most of which were illegitimate, did not follow these procedures, hence the continuous threat to the health, safety and general comfort of community members.
Madam Cindy Badoe, Deputy Director for Built Environment at the EPA, who was also part of the entourage, explained that access to land was a major difficulty as residents were unwilling to welcome the activity in their various districts due to the poor management of landfill sites.
Madam Badoe stressed the need to explore other methods of dealing with waste because landfills were not the only way of managing waste, adding that one of the main options EPA was considering was the segregation of waste and finding proper disposal for the different waste streams.
She reasoned that human population was on a constant increase and that the volume of waste being produced was equally on a rise, which meant that landfill sites could no longer meet their expected lifespans.
Madam Badoe disclosed that guidelines for the proper management of the sites were being reviewed to match the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and that plans to further train and monitor the assemblies to ensure that requirements were met was in the pipeline.
Source: ISD (Linda Okyere)