Help Change Ghana (HCG) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of environmental sanitation is advocating the prioritization of waste recycling as the surest way to deal with the filth problem in the country.
The organization is worried that for many years now, Ghana has failed to deal with the increasing poor sanitation problem decisively, due to the attitude of the populace.
It also identified the advent of sachet water and other polythene wrappers used for packaging food as a major source of the filth problem.
In the light of this, Help Change Ghana as part of activities to mark Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah 105 th Birthday Anniversary last week, initiated a campaign to educate traders on waste reduction at the Osu Night Market in Accra.
The traders were educated on the need to minimize the amount of materials they use in packaging foods which ends up as waste at the limited landfill sites.
Public Relations Manager of Help Change Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Annoh told the traders: “since packaging materials account for a large volume of the trash we generate, there is the need to keep in mind that as the amount of product in a container increases, the packaging waste per serving or use usually decreases.”
Executive Chairman, Elijah Mensah told the traders they even stand to benefit economically if they do not use unnecessary polythene materials and papers to serve customers. “In this way, sellers can make a profit margin if packaging is done appropriately”, he said.
He noted the need for all persons to get interested in waste recycling, as the best means of waste disposal.
The team members visited various stalls to teach the traders about when not to double wrap a purchase. The market Queen expressed appreciation to the HCG team for the awareness campaign and knowledge acquired.
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