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Unsafe Dumping

In Ghana, we’ve seen that many public and private latrines empty directly into the gutters that run parallel to the streets.

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This photo is of a two-stall public bathroom in Bonwire, a peri-urban town outside Kumasi. The men and women’s stalls have holes in the ground which empty directly into the town’s gutters. People also dump trash, flying toilets (plastic bags filled with shit), contents of chamber pots, and basins of soapy water into these gutters. You oftentimes see goats or chicken eating or drinking from the gutters and the contents flow into local waterways.

How might we develop cleaner and safer disposal services for all types of waste? How might we incentivize people to dump waste in more appropriate places? How might we clean up the gutters?


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It might make sense to pay even individuals who use public toilets a small amount for depositing wastes there. This would make children's waste worth collecting and disposing of appropriately. In slums outside Curitiba, Brazil they have paid people in food to collect garbage in areas trucks cannot reach.

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l would like to agree with Sabra, waste management is the community responsibility which requires and external support for guidance.when people are sensitized and know their role in solid waste and other human waste management its management becomes easy.its true that public toilets should be used with a little fee for maintenance agreed by the common people who use them. If the prices are dictated by the external people it makes the users resistant because they have no ownership.Therefore this ideas should be clearly modified to enable sustainability.When the fee charged is high,the slum people will improvise by littering human waste in drainage channels and also come up with flying toilets during nights where waste is disposed in polythene bags and throw then on top of other peoples houses which increases vulnerability to diseases.

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