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Municipal Solid Waste Management in the Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana


Municipal solid waste management in Accra, Ghana, is at present delivered in an unsustainable manner. Due to uncontrolled urbanisation, large quantities of waste are generated daily in Accra, and this exerts much pressure on an over strained solid waste management system. Coupled with weak institutional capacity, and lack of resources, both human and capital, the city authorities face difficulties in ensuring that all the waste generated in the city is collected for disposal. Home collection of waste is limited to high and, some middle income areas while the poor are left to contend with the problem on their own. This leads to indiscriminate disposal of waste in surface drains, canals and streams, creating unsanitary, and unsightly environments in many parts of the city.

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Boadi, K.O., Kuitunen, M. Municipal Solid Waste Management in the Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. The Environmentalist 23, 211–218 (2003).

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  • municipal solid waste
  • solid waste generation
  • waste recycling
  • solid waste collection
  • Accra Metropolitan Area