Ghana’s Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations has launched construction of a 30 million US dollars e-waste recycling facility here Accra.

Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Minister for the Greater Accra Region (Province), officiated at the lanch of construction on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama, at the weekend.

The facility is to be built in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and is expected to recycle all electronic and electrical waste “in an environmentally sound manner”.

Dr Okoe Vanderpuye, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive said the facility would bring relief to the surrounding communities which had been exposed to toxic pollutants generated from burning of e-waste in the area.

The facility will hire existing workers of the Agbogbloshie scrap yard, while others would undergo retraining to enable them to undertake proper recycling jobs.

Project consultant Francis Bullen Gavor said the e-waste dumpsite at Agbogbloshie here had recently been cited among as the top 10 most polluted sites in the world. “It is therefore important to find innovative ways to manage the e-waste generated in our various communities,” he added.

According to him, through the new facility, “harmful elements associated with waste products will be captured and processed safely, thereby preserving critical ecological components”.

Gavor encouraged individuals to bring their e- waste to the collection centres to be paid for the wastes.