Tema Newtown: Hope for a Cleaner Community
Tema Manhean is one of the Ga-speaking indigenous towns in the industrialized parts of Greater Accra Region, Ghana. Tema Newtown has population of 20,000, which means they produce about 14,800 tons of waste daily, of which an estimated 2,072 tons is plastics. Most of this waste is illegally dumped along the coastal area or in the community at illegal dumping sites.
Understanding the gravity of the waste situation, community partners such as the Tema Traditional Council and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly welcomed this project into their community. The Pick-It Project serves as an important pilot project to test the feasibility of waste collection rendered by informal workers and is organized by a manufacturer Fan Milk Limited being one of the key implementing partners.
The project will start its collection in the Awudom community and then roll collection out to the other communities in timed intervals. Preliminary conversations with residents see them welcoming the program into their communities, offering reprieve from a dirty environment.
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