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[Ambassador report] Thematic Report - "Problem and Solving"

by Justice Obiri | 14-07-2020 13:10 Comments 10 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

(Problem and Solving)


Burning per my own words could simply mean setting fire to something. I am restricting myself to my environment which is going to be Tema in Ghana. This is because, this report has to be research based and I can only restrict myself to this area because of the rise in Covid-19 cases in Ghana here.

Trash is something we cannot completely do away with. Whether recyclable or not, they pose dangers to the environment when they are improperly disposed (problem definition).  

Here in Ghana, we have a private company that visit individual homes to collect trash. The people are made to pay for this service they provide. Popularly among them is “Zoomlion” a company well known around Ghana for their work in the collection of trash. Because they charge pretty high for the collection of these trashes, it has discouraged people from participating in their work. They charge averagely around Gh¢40.00 which is around $8.00. This might seem small but for the average Ghanaian earner, it is a lot of money. Another problem is also a fact that, this trash collecting companies sometimes take too long to come and collect the trash. This forces some people to burn the trash they make. As a result, the environment does not become polluted alone, the trash burning contributes to global warming and possibly climate change.

It would be surprising to know that even the companies who come for trash from our various homes, actually end up burning the trash themselves. One of their dumping site is actually about 5 km from where I personally stay and anytime I pass by, I see huge volumes of smokes being ejected into the environment. I was there around February 2020 and realized that the trash had been extremely burnt. Further checks brought a revelation which could be as shocking to anyone reading this report like myself when I got to know.

Apparently, during one of their usually burning of the trash, the fire went out of control and per what I was told through questioning, the trash had been burning for more than three months consistently without quenching and the keep fueling it by adding more trashes picked up from our various homes. This so serious to the extent that drivers need to roll up all of their (mirror/windows/glasses) to avoid excessive smoke from entering their vehicles. And they need to turn on their high lights so that they can navigate smoothly on the smoke filled roads.

This is a big problem for I believe the other companies who come around collecting our trashes would end up burning them and inversely harming the environment. A few solutions to this problem could be made, some of which are already in action in the country.

There is a company I saw on television who run a similar business like Zoomlion but relatively, they charge less and amazingly they actually recycle the trash they collect from our homes, separate them into various components; They use some for fertilizer and others for plastic ware like plastic chairs, bowls, and buckets. This means that investment could be made by interested persons in the sanitation sector of the environment to recycle trash into something very useful to humankind and to make more capital from it. Investors and generational thinkers must be encouraged to therefore invest in the sanitation sector because it is a clean to make profit whiles making the environment safe for living.

Another practicable solution would be on the need to educate the people. Citizens of my town could possibly be ignorant of the ripple effect of burning so education becomes a key as usual here. Communication through ads, social media, news portals, and the general media could be enacted to help spread the education of the need to avoid burning and its effect. This is something I will start myself.

Considering the two solutions provided and the fact that I did mention that we cannot do away with trash, any of this two solutions could help reduce the rate of burning in my environment and possibly other environments locally and internationally.


Green Cheers form Ghana!

say no to burning


Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Justice, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    This is written very nicely. However, if you elaborate the dangers that you've mentioned in this sentence, "pose dangers to the environment when they are improperly disposed (problem definition)," it would be better. Although you mentioned kinds of dangers that burning incurs, the word dangers in introduction are quite general. Beside this fact, your solution is also very nice. Since there is a problem with facilities and awareness, your solutions tackling those issues really are ideal to combat this issue.

    Thank you for a good article.
    Posted 23-07-2020 22:27

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Thanks for the comments, All are greatly appreciated.
    Posted 19-07-2020 09:13

Rafa Mohammed Ashique

  • Rafa Mohammed Ashique says :
    Ahlan Justice Obiri!
    Greetings from UAE

    First off, congratulations on this post. I completely agree with the fact that the burning waste is typically an environmentally poor waste management choice since potential resources are wasted which can exacerbate soil, land and water contamination.

    Off to share!

    Posted 18-07-2020 18:10

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Justice

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on Problem and Solving on the topic of burning

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 17-07-2020 15:18

Anthony Duxell Malle

  • Anthony Duxell Malle says :
    Greetings Justice Obiri,

    Thanks so much for your write up, I must say it was really rich in content. Burning of waste is a problem which has been re-occurring especially within the Rural and suburban areas in most Developing countries. But it's sad to know that very little efforts have been made in addressing this issue. But I think with great minds like you coming up. There's much hope.

    Once More thanks for sharing.

    Posted 16-07-2020 09:07

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope everything is going well...

    Thank you so much for sharing this report with us!!
    It was awesome to go through it ..
    Hope to learn more from you on upcoming days ..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 15-07-2020 16:22

sandesh thapa

  • sandesh thapa says :
    Hello Justice,

    Burning are one of the problem which leads to the global warming and depending upon the burning material the output smoking compound depends which might be slightly toxic to highly toxic and even hazardous. Thanks for sharing this report.

    Posted 15-07-2020 12:14

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Justice Obiri, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your report on the process of logically raising and interpreting your thoughts on garbage disposal! Regardless of the creativity or originality of the solution, I think it's great to see that you're sensitive to the problems around you, and that you've thought deeply about why this is a problem. The solution really resonated with me, especially the need for proper education for people to solve the problem. In fact, people who don't know the need to dispose of garbage wouldn't want to throw it away in a bothersome way, but if they had a formal but simple education, they would be able to join the environmentally friendly disposal!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 15-07-2020 00:42

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Justice,
    Its me Bal krishna from Nepal.
    Trash and its burning is a major problem in Nepal too. Many people are still unaware of its side effects and neglect the facts. I like the idea of "Zoomlion" company and hope for the establishment of same kind of ideas in Nepal too.
    Thank you very much for your report.
    stay safe
    green cheers~
    Posted 14-07-2020 21:51

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Greeting Jusstice!

    I hope you are fine and doing great with your job.

    Its bad to know about burning of trash .It can create huge environmental problem like emission of harmful gases like C02,Methane which directly enters to vegetation around the burning area,can cause huge impact on human health and contributes to green house gases. Thanks for sharing it with solution too.


    Warm regards,

    Posted 14-07-2020 21:11

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