Switch Africa Green - Industrial Symbiosis

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Ghana continues to suffer from unsustainable consumption of natural resources such as forests, minerals, water bodies and fisheries. Development efforts based on resource efficient and cleaner production are recognised as an essential requirement for achieving sustainable development while addressing the persistent environmental degradation.
Industrial Symbiosis is an association between two or more industrial facilities in which the waste or by-product of one become the raw material for another. Thus, allowing resources to be used productively for longer time. The advantages of the practice include the under-listed :

  • Productive use of waste/by-product that would have otherwise been dumped.
  • Reduction in waste disposal cost.
  • Environmental concerns associated with dumping of the waste is reduced.
  • Additional Revenue from sale of the waste.
  • Creation of employment through businesses that will be established to process the waste/by-product.


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GEMOD: Ghana E-waste Model

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life.

Our aim is to put up recycling plants in Ghana to recycle this waste.

The overall objective is to develop a sustainable e-waste management system which makes e-waste re-usable and recycling.

Chemical Safety Management

The Chemical Safety Program incorporates the entire lifecycle of the chemical beginning with purchasing and ending with disposal. The aim is to ensure chemicals are used and handled properly to prevent injury, illness, disease, fire, explosions or property damage.


Electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its useful life (E-waste) is considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world with estimated 5%-10% increase in global e-waste generation every year. Burning of these E-waste without doubt is very harmful to human health and that of the environment since they contain toxic chemicals and Ghana has been in the news for burning of E-Waste.

Having that in mind, on the 19th- 21st of June 2018, Sustainable Recycling Industries Project (SRI) funded by Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and locally implemented by EPA and Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre held a training workshop on sustainable e-waste dismantling and business models in Sunyani to help scrap dealers find safe and economically profitable way of retrieving components of electronic and electric waste and complying with the “no burn” policy.

This hands-on training workshop equips scrap dealers with skills to realize the importance of proper dismantling to isolate useful component in e-waste and how they can profit from the selling of these useful component to recycling companies including the E-waste plastics. Some working components can also be reused in refurbishing faulty electronic equipment. The Scrap dealers are educated on the hazardous nature of their work and given personal protective equipment to safeguard themselves against some of these hazards. Scrap dealers now appreciate the essence of belonging to organized associations to improve access to other business interventions and facilitate formalization and registration processes with the right authorities.

Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre is optimistic that the outcome of this program will gradually reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment and economically improve the livelihood of E-waste dealers.

These are glimps of E-waste Training workshop held in Sunyani.