Waste Management has become an issue of great discourse of late as the onset of rains has brought to light the extent of damage improper waste management can contribute towards flooding.
To this effect, the Corpnation Foundation in partnership with Takoradi Technical University and the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has launched the Takoradi New Market 4R+ Initiative for the Market Women, today 14th July 2023 at the Takoradi New Market today.
This initiative is to create awareness of the importance of managing plastic waste properly in the market, which in time will transcend into the whole society.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, the CEO of CorpNation Foundation, Mr Saviour Kweku Adzika explained that, the 4R+ initiative is geared towards tackling waste management from the source through segregation, for the waste to become a resource that is useful for recycling.
He said, “The 4Rs itself which are the main pillars of this initiative teaches us to reduce waste, reuse waste, recycle waste and recover waste as much as possible. We started with a clean-up campaign two years ago. We did a good job but as intellectuals, as we are we decided to take the initiative further not just have good clean-up activities in our communities.”
“We came about with the 4R+ initiative to tackle waste management from the source, that is to start with segregation. You segregate your waste it then becomes a resource and becomes useful for recycling”.
According to him, if this initiative is taken seriously, it will not only make the community a clean space but also it can be a great source of income for the youths and everyone, “we can have our source of income through this avenue. It makes you self-employed. But you may want to expand it and make it a good business. I can tell you people are looking for jobs and for this plastic business that we are talking about the minimum that it will give you is 600¢”.
The secretary for the Queen Mothers of the Takoradi New Market, Aunty Vero expressed her gratitude to the foundation for spearheading such an initiative. She said, “We are thankful that a program like this has been supported by all. Some of you didn’t hear about it early but you made it a point to come”.
She appealed to those who will be in charge of the waste bins to take care of them well so that the initiative will be successful, “all that we are saying is that we want our society to be clean so we are appealing to everyone to support this initiative, especially to those who have been tasked to take care of the basket so that the initiative will go on well”.
Aunty Vero also added that filth breeds diseases so they should support this initiative to help improve sanitation in the market. She said, “Even the Bible says cleanliness is next to godliness so let’s all endeavour to be clean in order to get rid of disease outbreaks”.
Meanwhile, some market women talked about how they will support the initiative because of its importance to them, “this is an initiative that will help us the market women. Now if I see someone throwing rubbish anyhow or when someone buys from me and is taking the plastic away I will prompt him or her to dispose it off the proper way”.
In attendance at the launch was the Takoradi Sub-Metro director for STMA, Nana Yeboah, The Chief Inspector in charge of the Takoradi New Market, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Annor, the Queen Mothers of the Takoradi New Market, representatives from the fire service, market women and other youths groups under the Corpnation Foundation.