IESS Organises Workshop on Sustainable Income Generating Waste Management in Ghana

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) has organised a one-day workshop on the theme, “Problem Areas and Solutions for Sustainable and Income-Generating Waste Management in Ghana”. The workshop forms part of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM (BWS) Plus collaborative student-led project.  

The workshop brought together artisans, local authority representatives, non-governmental organisations as well as managers of hotels, beaches, and restaurants to discuss research findings on the topic. 

Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Director of IESS, in his address expressed excitement that the aim of the project to create micro business solutions for sustainable income generating waste management has been met. He, therefore, applauded students from both the University of Ghana and the University of Rothenberg in Germany for their hard work in achieving their objectives.  

Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Director of IESS

Also speaking at the workshop, Professor Matthias Friedle, University of Applied Forest Sciences, Rottenburg, Germany, applauded the efforts of the students on the project for working hard to achieve the objective of cutting down waste in Ghana. 

The project has been a success and in spite of COVID-19, the students were able to produce two products, which are a chair made of car tyres and production of charcoal out of coconut husks. Both products can contribute to income generation in the country”, Prof. Friedle commended. 

Professor Matthias Friedle, University of Applied Forest Sciences

During the workshop, there were presentations by Ms. Stephanie Adjei-Anim and Ms. Sarah Addae on methods of turning used car tyres into chairs and water purification using activated carbon from coconut shells. 

Also present at the workshop were Nina Schafer, Team Lead, BWS Plus Collaborative Project and Mr. Solomon Noi-Adzeman Nuetey, Head of Waste Management Department, Accra Metropolitan Assembly.