Eco Business and Policy Centre - Ghana , West Africa

Oforikrom-Dagomba Line Scrap Dealers form an Association

Oforikrom-Dagomba Line Scrap Dealers forms an Association

The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) value chain activities started in the Kumasi Metropolis in places like Railway Line, Akwatia Line, Asawasi, Bombay, Aboabo prior to 2006. By 2007, workshops into the dismantling of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) for valuable fractions such as copper, aluminum, integrated circuits (ICs), printed wiring boards (PWD) started establishing new workshops in adjunct places like Dagomba Line, Aful Nkwanta and Oforikrom to dismantle the pile of broken electronic and electrical equipment from households in the Kumasi Metropolis.

The sudden rise in workshops to dismantle Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) attracted migrants from Northern Ghana. This presented environmental and health challenges to city authorities as they encountered environmental regulatory challenges due to the informal nature of stakeholders in the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) value chain in the Metropolis.

The Switch Africa Green E-waste project implemented by University of Cape Coast, (UCC) through various stakeholder awareness and capacity building programmes led to stakeholders at Oforikrom and Dagomba Line forming a Not-for-profit association called the Oforikrom-Dagomba Line Scrap Dealers Association with the National Youth Authority, and subsequently with the Registrar Generals Department, Ghana. Registering the association with the Registrar General gives them the opportunity to be formally recognised, and to take advantage of interventions in the new Hazarduos and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act. The Association’s main objective is to sensitise its members on the hazardous nature of electronic waste, promoting environmental safety and also be a vehicle for learning best practices around the world.