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Risk based analysis of environmental impacts of informal e-waste recycling in Ghana.
By: Kwarteng Kwame Ibrahim
University of Ghana
Ghana has a highly informalised e-waste management system. The informal sector players contribute to about 80% collection and recycling of WEEE. The possibility to recover metals, such as aluminium, copper and iron / steel using simple tools, such as hammers, chisels, stones etc serve as the economic motivation behind e-waste recycling in Ghana. The plastic coated wires and cables are normally burned to enable the separation of metals from plastic materials. Materials of no commercial value are disposed off in open waste dumps or municipal landfill sites (Brigden et al., 2010). The prospects of instant cash resulting from the sale of recovered metals, trade of precious metal containing components and low-level of skills required to carry out material recovery operations, have made e-waste recycling an attractive economic activity for those involved in the business. Agbogbloshie a suburb of Accra the capital of Ghana has become a central location of e-waste recycling activities. It has to be noted that the Agbogbloshie metal scrap yard is also a hub for scrap metals from various other sources than e-waste including waste automobile and waste lead-acid batteries. It is also the hub of a network of e-waste and scrap metal collectors searching the city Accra for metal containing wastes. A large number of refurbishing and repair operations for electric and electronic products are scattered all around the city of Accra. A large section of the refurbishing operations can be found near the port of Tema as many refurbishing units have close business linkages with importers and retailers of second hand electrical and electronic goods (Prakash et al., 2010).
From the foregoing current study is aimed at
-geospatial analysis to map out the distribution of the pollutants and identify the hot spots within the vicinity;
-evaluating the human health risks associated with the informal activities to be taken into consideration when making clean-up decisions in future.
The proposed study is aimed at;
Excellent. We would be happy to host the researcher, as the proposed work is synonymous with some of the work that we are undertaking for our Regional Environmental Assessment and Carrying Capacity studies. I can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. My communication details are as below:
Dr. B. Anjan Kumar Prusty, M Phil, Ph D
Senior Scientist & Head
Environmental Impact Assessment Division
Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE)
PO Box - 83, Mundra Road, Opp. Changleshwar Temple
Bhuj - 370001, Kachchh, Gujarat, India
Tel: +91-2832-235025 (Ext. 28), Fax: +91-2832-235027
Kindly approach Dr Satyanarayan BS, Principal, RVCE, Bangalore - 560059.
He is an eminent researcher with more then Rs100 million running/ongoing projects in the domain of EEE funded by DST and other agencies. You may refer following URLs for contact details.
If interested, forward a formal request to me so that I can arrange for a discussion/telecon with him.
Dr Harish KJ
we are happy to go in for hosting the researcher at our university.Students are already undergoing similar projects in our campus.Please do reach me at the given mail id below.
Thanks and Regards,
Associate Professor(Environment )
School of Applied Sciences