Ghana leaves secondhand fridges out in bid to save energy | Afua Hirsch

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jan 17 2013, 02:00:01

Despite a government incentive scheme, many Ghanaians are unhappy about the introduction of a ban on used fridges

Behind a once mint-coloured concrete wall - now stained by red dust - in a hilly suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra, a large machine is making history as it chugs and whirrs away.

It is a mobile fridge degassing unit - the first of its kind on the entire African continent, its owners say - and it is sucking poisonous gases out of hundreds of Ghana's discarded secondhand fridges. The machine was imported from Germany by City Waste Management, a company specialising in the safe disposal of electronic waste.

"We take out the poisonous gases and we separate the oils," says Vivian Atiaybor, 41, the field co-ordinator and public relations manager for City Waste. "Since October, we have processed 450 fridges here, and there are another 600 already waiting for us to collect. Many of these fridges are so old that even within our households they are already letting off poisonous gases."

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Afrique:   Un colloque du CODESRIA sur les rĂ©gimes de sĂ©curitĂ© prĂ©vu en septembre Ă  Bamako (news)
allAfrica.com
29 August 2016

Le Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (Codesria) organise une conférence de dialogue politique les 28 et 29 septembre à Bamako, Mali. ... [read more]

Afrique:   Les disparitĂ©s entre les genres coĂ»tent 95 milliards de dollars US par an au continent (press release)
United Nations Development Programme
29 August 2016

Le développement sera sensible à la dimension de genre ou ne sera pas Les disparités entre les genres coûtent quelque 95 milliards de dollars US par an en moyenne ... [read more]

South Africa:   Duo to Make Musical Collaboration with Supercomputer (news)
News24Wire
29 August 2016

A Cape Town duo is set to become one of the first bands in the world to produce a song in collaboration with a supercomputer. The electronica outfit Original Swimming Party (OSP) is an audio-visual ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!