UN Study estimates that over 7-10 billion tones of urban waste is churned out annually by cities located worldwide. The study also revealed that inadequate waste management systems, has become a major public health, economic and environment problem.
The study titled “Global Waste Management Outlook” convened by United Nations discovered that about three billion people worldwide lack access to controlled waste disposal facilities with holistic waste management, which could save countries hundreds of billions of dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20% annually.
It is estimated that volumes of waste has doubled in countries like Africa and Asia in last couple of years and is said to proficiently increase by 2030.
In Ghana alone, more than 4000 tons of waste is generated daily in Accra and Kumasi alone. Numerous researches have attributed principally to the lack of resources and weak institutional capabilities. But there seems to be some disregarded factors that also contribute substantially to the status quo.
United Nations Environment Program Executive Director Achim Steiner said: “An urgent response to the world’s mounting waste problem is not only a public health and environmental necessity, but also a sound economic investment. Inaction is costing countries 5-10 times more than investments in proper waste management. He mentioned that wrong perception about solid waste, poverty and ignorance, white paper policies, non-regulation of waste management companies, public attitude, huge gaps between research and policy development, low level of entrepreneurs in management of waste and loopholes in some laudable waste management strategies are reasons to compounding waste management approaches.
Mo Tahmasebi, President and CEO of Dynamic Network Factory, which runs DNF Recycling services, said that “This harsh situation can be changed only if countries enforce proactive policies and sound institutions that encourage waste minimization and recycling”. He added that a greater commitment by nations to systematically apply the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – can transform the problem of waste into a resource for our economies.
David Newman, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) President added that major e-waste producers should also be more involved in managing the entire lifecycle of their products. Also in his opinion, International Cooperation will be vital in preventing developing countries from becoming dumping ground of hazardous materials.
The Global Waste Management Outlook was jointly prepared by UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre and ISWA and was launched during ISWA’s 2015 World Congress in Antwerp.
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