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We Can Also Change Situations Affecting Our Environment – Let's Not Wait for Government

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Humanity has always produce solid waste. Despite the present concerns of individuals and the government about solid waste management in Ghana, we are is still faced with serious solid waste management problems. From observation, industrial and municipal solid wastes are commonly found in Ghana. An industrial solid waste comes from shops within the town. Municipal wastes are the trash from households. These include tins, plastic products, and polythene bags. These form the greater part of the solid waste observed on the streets, in gutters, and the back of houses in Ghana. Residents’ wrong perception and unconcerned attitudes towards solid waste management is also the cause of the unsightly solid waste spread all over the Ghana. Containers for storing solid in towns include old buckets, baskets, plastic containers, boxes, sacks, and even polythene bags which in many cases have no lids hence, the wastes are spilled off before they get to the sanitary sites. There are rubbish heaps at the rubbish dump which extends to the road side where livestock are often found feeding on them. Most gutters have been chocked by these rubbish. Rubbish dump produces a bad. When it rains, the water does not get any channel to pass through so it forces its way on the surface. This cause the rubbish to be moved from the rubbish dump to the middle of the road, homes and in extreme cases, cause flooding and erosion. I, Abrokwah Evans Twum, together with other youth leaders organized a cleanup exercise in Kumasi and educated the people who were passing by and those who lived around the locations the exercise was conducted on the impacts of waste on their lives. This program has truly transformed the most parts of Kumasi and when I pass by, I feel happy because it wasn’t the government who caused change but we the youth. Please, what are you waiting for, cause a positive change in your environment today – let’s not wait for the government else you might die before the government reaches your place.

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