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About Pure Earth Ghana
Pure Earth’s engagement in Ghana began with the signing of a partnership Memorandum of Understanding in 2010 with Green Advocacy Ghana (GreenAd), an environmental advocacy organization. Per the agreement, GreenAd Ghana would act as the secretariat for PE’s work on pollution and health issues in Ghana. The main activities focused on the Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP) across all regions in Ghana.
TSIP work began in Ghana in 2012 with the selection and training of 12 Site Investigators. Since then, a total of 221 sites with toxic contamination have been identified and assessed. At these sites, Lead, Mercury, and Arsenic were found to be the most prevalent toxins.
In a small corner of Agbogbloshie, at a highly contaminated e-waste dump, workers were introduced to an alternative to burning the plastic coating off wires to get at the valuable copper. Mechanized wire stripping machines safely removed lead-infused plastic coatings from copper wire. While this center was operating, the model e-scrap facility produced an estimated 450 pounds of recycled copper and 40 pounds of aluminum for export in a month.
The recycling facility demonstrated the possibilities: cleaner and economically viable recycling, cooperation among stakeholders in the informal recycling economy, and less exposure to toxic pollution and heavy metals for both the workers and nearby residents. The National Youth Authority, a local government department, provided the land for the pilot project facility, which was created using three 40-foot ISO Intermodal Containers and four mechanized wire-strippers.
The Agbogbloshie Scrap Dealers Cooperative, which is owned by GASDA, GreenAd, and the National Youth Authority managed the recycling facility with oversight by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency.
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 24-30th, 2021
Stay up to date with our work:
- UNICEF to introduce blood lead testing in Ghana early 2022, Business Ghana, November 27, 2021
- Agbogbloshie: The world’s largest e-waste dump – in pictures. The Guardian, February 27, 2014.
Assessing Levels of Lead Contamination in Soil and Predicting Pediatric Blood Lead Levels in Tema, Ghana. Journal of Health and Pollution, June 1, 2013
- Trace Element Contamination around the E-waste Recycling Site at Agbogbloshie, Accra City, Ghana, 2012
Assessing Worker and Environmental Chemical Exposure Risks at an e-Waste Recycling and Disposal Site in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Health and Pollution, February 1, 2011