The construction of the US$30million Electronic Waste project in the Greater Accra Region will create over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ghana.
Francis Gavor, the Project Consultant, said that the project will also enable the country save about US$300 million spent annually on dealing with the health hazards caused by electronic waste disposal.
“From my economic point of view, we will be saving the country on the average about US$300 million by establishing this facility, which is now going to engage in a comprehensive value chain recycling for Ghanaians,” he said.
Globally, it is estimated that about 40-50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated every year, and developing countries including Ghana serve as the destination for most of these wastes from developed countries.
For this reason, the parliament, in August this year, passed the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act (Act 917).
The law deals with hazardous waste and seeks to domesticate the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of hazardous Waste and their disposal, prescribes the Electrical and Electronic Waste levy and establishes a Fund as well as an Electronic Waste Recycling Plant.
The project comes as a relief to traders and other residents of Agbogbloshie market, which has long been a dumping site for electronic waste, thereby, resulting in the release of hazardous substances such as mercury and lead; and persistent organic pollutants such as brominated flame-retardants.
The facility will be able to recycle all electronic and electrical waste, all used car tyres, all old refrigerators, air-conditions, microwaves, old computers, old televisions, among others.
The project is a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In a speech read on his behalf, President John Dramani Mahama, urged the Scrap Dealers Associations to take full advantage of the project, when completed, and to bring to an end, the bad practices of burning electrical and electronic wastes, and rather expand their collection ventures into big businesses.
Importation of electronic equipment under the new law requires registration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and payment of electronic waste levy in respect of electronic equipment that is imported into the country or manufactured in the country.
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