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In Ghana there is a daily increase of the volume of waste generated in each day. The daily accumulation of the waste in the country has resulted in the improper management, treatment and disposal of waste, which has posed environmental problems and health risks to various communities in the country.
In the Greater Accra region of Ghana is Ashiaman which is an unplanned town in the Tema Metropolis. Ashiaman arose as a result of the displacement and relocation of people who were living around the Tema harbour due to its development.
Ashiaman is now a rapidly growing urban centre in the greater Accra region and has a population of 246514 (2011 census Ghana) with a growth rate of 4.5%.
The town is a vibrant commercial centre that attracts goods and people from neighbouring rural and urban areas such as Accra, Tema, Teshie, Nungua, Lashibi etc. because their gods are affordable. This has resulted in the people of the town being involved in commercial trade and farming.
The working class in the town are less educated and low income earners, only do they not understand the need for sorting but cannot afford the services of waste management companies in the town and in Tema, as such there is a result of waste accumulation, improper waste disposal of municipal waste has been a major problem affecting public health, productivity, surface water drainage and air quality in the environment.
A major result is the 2011 flooding which can partly be attributed to drainage systems chocked by trash.
The town generates 441metric tons of waste on a daily basis of which 265 are collected and disposed by the local government. The remaining 176 metric tons are by either zoomlion waste management services by people who can afford local dispose or open space consumption.
Waste generated consist of 55% organic waste, 15%paper, 7%plastic etc. and these waste are mostly not sorted.
Trashtocash is a waste recycling and management unit whose aim is to recycle waste generated in Ashiaman into usable quality products to low and high income earners at affordable prices using commercial salesmen as product distribution points. With focus on organic, plastic and cartons; our products will include; organic fertilisers from organic waste, bags and baskets from plastics, urban agriculture mechanisms from plastics, trash bins and mailbags from cartons and plastics, storage bins etc.