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How can I Create Employment through waste management?

Hello Distinguished People,

I'm from Ghana, West Africa. Waste management in my country has always been a problem. Our streets are always filled with rubbers and are guthers also choked with waste. Is there a way to convert these waste substance into usable items that will also create employment for the teaming unemployed youths on the streets? A genuine opinion will be appreciated. Thanks.

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allison simpson
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Its a government issue but on the grassroots level. Research STEM organizations that handle this. im sure many non profits handle areas such as this. Have you looked at the peace Corp, im sure they have initiatives that deal with waste management, I know the organization SHE converts banana leaves into products for females(I believe this is in kenya) so they can enter school. Im sure someone has addressed this problem, if not consider starting an org. But research organization that are already converting waste into usable products. But youth employment and waste management are two separate things you may want to research organizations that handle each individually first if you cannot find ones that handle both.
allison simpson
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You might look into US govt organizations such as the EPA, (environmental protection agency) and ask if they know of orgs that handle converting waste into useable products, but the structural problems (sanitation government) is more of a governance issue..may be something to research.
Amos Addae
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Very true Allison... But we can not sit idle and wait for the government to tackle this menace. As much as I am concerned private individuals can step in to help manage the waste substance on the streets while creating jobs for the youth. I have thought of collecting the waste but, I'm thinking about ways I in which I can put the waste to reusable items; I mean recycling the waste. I know it is done elsewhere and can therefore be replicated in my country. Thanks for the suggestion too.
allison simpson
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have you looked into fellowship opportunities, sometimes ppl will provide resources to develop initiatives to tackle long standing problems. Perhaps consider writing a proposal to submit to organizations. I know the open society institute(OSI) here has opportunities not sure about their work in africa may be something to explore. churches too.
Amos Addae
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Thanks Allison
Mike Taylor
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Mike Taylor Entrepreneur
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If you really want to take the lead on creating employment, you might want to research and connect with Engineers Without Borders. EWB-USA has organized several projects in Ghana where they improved the infrastructure for a small community and/or taught a community better practices for conservation of resources. If you contact EWB they could probably connect you with a team of people who have first-hand experience and could recall the challenges they faced.

I think there is no catch-all solution for converting waste to energy. The best you can do is to segment the total waste stream into types of waste that can be re-purposed. If the operation is to be profitable, then it's dependent on the market value of your recycled product. Even developed countries like the US do not re-use large portions of the waste stream - the US is still packing a of its waste into landfills.
Amos Addae
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Well Noted Mike. I will make contact as soon as possible.

Many Thanks,
Amos
Abhhey A. Bhisey
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Hi
It's possible to collect and sort the waste that has been thrown. In India, we have a community called Ragpickers, who sort the waste and sell the same to recycling. Like Plastic, Paper etc.
The Bio-degradable waste can be turned into a compost by very simple procedure. The rest can be used to generate energy. It all depends on what is the mix of waste being generated. But there is a solution.
Again the local authorities need to co-operate.
Amos Addae
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Great idea. This has been the kind of response I have been waiting for. Thanks
Jolanda Grillone
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Hi Amos,

I recently wrote to you however, I'm unsure if the note went through as there was no confirmation.

I would love to touch base with you about your waste management issues in Ghana.

Thanks,
Jolanda
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