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Journal of Environment and Waste Management

Solid Waste Management: Recovery, Reuse and Recycling in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of Ghana

Thomas Narh Korley* and Joseph Richmond Fianko

Accepted 05 April, 2017

Citation: Korley TN, Fianko JR (2017) Solid Waste Management: Recovery, Reuse and Recycling in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of Ghana. Journal of Environment and Waste Management 4(1): 181-193.

Copyright: © 2017 Korley and Fianko. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

In many developing countries, the resource potential of solid waste is not harnessed. However, it is known that recovery of solid waste for reuse and recycling can greatly reduce the pressure on meager waste management infrastructure. The focus of this research was to gather information which could be used to increase and expand the rate of material recovery from solid waste generated in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of Ghana. This paper therefore presents a broad understanding of the key waste management processes, especially those related to recovery, reuse and recycling of solid waste.  A detailed analysis of waste generation, recovery, reuse and recycling was done. The informal recycling market in Sekondi-Takoradi was also captured. Based on the findings of the research, it is possible to design waste recovery strategy for higher income and middle income communities where greater volumes of dry recyclable waste fractions are generated.

Keywords: Solid waste, Waste recovery, Recycling, Ghana, Sekondi – Takoradi, Waste management, Landfills, Plastic waste, Waste segregation, Source separation.