A Ghanaian based in Holland, James Boadum, has admonished Ghanaian leaders to adopt the example of Holland in the management of waste in Ghana.
He believes the indiscriminate disposal of waste in the country would be a thing of the paste should Ghana go the Holland way.
James Boadum told Kwame Tutu Monday morning that in Holland, a system has been developed where at every 500 metres in communities; a hole has been drilled with sophisticated metals and coded to allow residents dump their waste.
The system he explained is underground and due to the system, when a particular site is filled, it alerts authorities to come around and cart the waste away.
The system to him could be replicated in markets, communities and ‘’this will help us manage the waste we generate.
He was contributing on Frontline when listeners were asked to suggest ways Ghana could use to manage the waste we generate.
Meanwhile, some other listeners who called want the sanitation police policy to revisited to allow people punished should they dispose waste indiscriminately.
Over 4,000 people in Holland are employed to address issues related to living space, housing and environment in this country.
Efforts are also made to plan, conduct and supervise government projects, concerned with housing and environmental sustainability policies
Majority of the Dutch population recycles their waste. Citizens in Netherlands separate, and correctly dispose of, their organic waste.
This waste goes on to be made into compost, and reused in gardens and agriculture. For every two million tons of paper and glass, collected in the Netherlands, close to 90% gets recycled and used to make new products
There are numerous environmentalist programs and activities that any resident of the Netherlands can join.
Outside of Amsterdam, most Dutch households are given between two and four separate waste containers. They are for: Green waste, Paper waste, Plastics metal, and drink packaging (PMD) and All remaining waste.
This system he indicated when practices in Ghana would benefit and resolve our challenges. The country also has in place a recycling plant for glass. There is also a system were citizens are encouraged to return their bottles to the shop for a partial refund, rather than disposing of them. They get a refund on the following types of bottle Glass soft drink bottles are Large acrylic plastic bottles. These are called ‘euroflessen’ in Dutch and Some small glass bottles or jars.
Aside the glass, they also have a system that allows them to recycle paper, batteries, chemical waste, medicine, clothing, and large waste.
The waste separation and recycling station is referred to as the ‘Afvalscheidingsstation‘ in the Netherlands. Anything that is too large to be put in your regular waste container can be taken to a waste disposal station. It can also be used for specific items, such as chemical waste.
The country also has in place a recycling tax and under the recycling tax, whenever you purchase any new, electronic or household equipment, you will automatically be charged a ‘recycling tax’ on it
This is also known as ‘removal tax’, and translates as ‘verwijderingsbijdrage’ in Dutch.
You will be charged this tax, whether or not you are handing in an old appliance, as you purchase the new one.
The thinking behind this is that, for each new appliance purchased, the old one will have to be environmentally disposed of or recycled at some point in time
Accra and Kumasi, generates over 4,000tons of solid waste daily.
It has become a major challenges for waste management departments to collect this huge amount of solid waste.
The previous Sanitation Minister, Mr Kofi Adda at his last press briefing said the Quick Impact Measures adopted were to evacuate illegal refuse heaps at public places, namely the Mallam Market, Glefe, Adedenkpo, Trinity University at Legon and Okponglo.
He explained that the clearing of other visible sites of refuse at the markets was to be undertaken by private service providers who were under contract to do so regularly.
However, he said, it turned out that due to outstanding debts; some of the private service providers were not doing so regularly, while others actually abandoned their concessions.
Hon Adda, therefore, called for the timely release of funds for the successful execution of the quick impact measures
In the Philippines, plastic waste is turned into fuel, Sweden generates energy from its waste to power a quarter of a million homes while Singapore has created an island from its solid waste attracting tourists to the country.