International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
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Experience on domestic waste segregation in Ghana

Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013, Pages 433–438

 Experience on domestic waste segregation in Ghana

Patterson Osei Bonsu1

1 CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Ghana

Original language: English

Copyright © 2013 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pollution from domestic wastes is a major environmental challenge in Ghana and many developing countries. Most of these countries depend almost entirely on landfills for waste management, which has proved to be expensive, inefficient and unsustainable. A sustainable solution to this problem is productive use of waste such as recycling. The main challenge that may limit recycling in Ghana and some of these countries is that a chunk of the wastes are littered on the environment, and the rest is collected in bulk in the same waste bin, thereby mixing them. The cost of collecting littered wastes, or separating mixed wastes could be prohibitive, making recycling uneconomical. In order to productively utilize wastes, adequate and separate waste bins must be provided for collecting the different components of wastes. However, budgetary constraints may not allow many countries to purchase expansive waste bins for the different components of wastes. Consequently, a simple waste bin, comprising a metal frame on which polypropylene sack (pp-sack) can be hanged to collect inorganic wastes has been developed by the author. The waste bin (new bin) can be manufactured industrially using plastic or fabricated by local artisans at an affordable price. This document describes the new bin. Experience in collecting organic and inorganic wastes generated in a house in separate waste bins (waste segregation) for the past 16 years is also highlighted.

Author Keywords: Domestic wastes, Waste bin, Recycling, Pollution, Waste segregation.

How to Cite this Article

Patterson Osei Bonsu, “Experience on domestic waste segregation in Ghana,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 433–438, June 2013.