Overview of the project
The practice to put to use all resources available including the waste it generate is a challenge in cities in Africa. Re-purposing by value addition for resource recovery. This is happening in particular to the lands, health, culture, and way of life of people. The drive begins with getting children in the basic schools to get involved in these sustainable lifestyles ; 1. Separate their Waste 2. Compost 3. plant a tree and watch it grow 4. Do community gardening and 5. Recycle. The lessons learnt in class is disseminated at home and practiced in the community.
The costs benefits of this intrinsic lifestyle reduces the financial burden of managing landfill. The GHG emission is reduced in a setting where 60% of waste generated is organic. The city of Tema has the only engineered landfill in the capital city. In many facets, the Mayor of Tema launched the initiative to restore the city to its former glory. We aligned ourselves to the sanitation aspect which is the cities bigger menace. So instead of lumping all the waste to the only diminishing landfill, It is now sorted according to their kind, becomes a raw material to feed another industry. All the waste papers and card boards are sent to a manufacture in return for exercise book for the kids and toilet roll to be used in the washrooms. The plastic which ends up in the landfill or affect life below water are now turned into pavement block for road construction. This is done by Nelplast Company Ltd. in Ashaiman a suburb of Greater Accra. The aluminum cans are also turned into cooking pots. The organic waste are composted as a black gold soil enhancers to be used to plant trees by the children. Each child after planting names the tree after himself for monitoring purposes.Tema has about 400 industries. The trees will reduce these emissions by sequestering carbon aside other benefits of sustaining life. This initiative is expected to be modeled in other municipalities through our interactive televise program.
To raise the next generation of environmentalist who will be mindful of their carbon footprints
Reduction in the volume of waste sent to the landfill
Waste collectors are moving from conventional methods to carting specific kind in Tema
The local Assembly
To encourage individuals to a cause for their community that improves public health
Tema Metropolitan Assembly