Reinventing The Urban Sanitation Model In Ghana

Reinventing The Urban Sanitation Model In Ghana
Innovation

By using waste to create industrial fuel, the African country is creating new financial opportunities.

Lamya Hussain
  • 21 march 2012

Waste Enterprisers a Ghana-based business has taken on the mission to help improve local urban sanitation. Through a creative approach on waste management that is holistic in its understanding of the larger realities on the ground, Waste Enterprisers is converting an environmental issue into a “sanitation revolution.” Everyday off the western edge of Accra, trucks dump an approximate 250,000 gallons of human waste directly into the water at Lavender Hill. While such practices are not unique to the context of Ghana, it means that more than 85 per cent of human waste generated in Ghana is being dumped into the environment without being treated. This is more than an environmental hazard, it is a serious health disaster.

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