Over 25 Youths Certificated In Plastic Waste Management -As Green Cities Initiates Waste Management Training
Over 26 young persons were certificated over the weekend after an intense month-long training organized by Green Cities, one of Liberia’s leading waste management institutions which says the training is the first level of course
A Press release from the group says about seven more levels are left to be conducted, adding that the training is intended to impart waste value chain knowledge to young people that are together from four institutions including Stella’s Marris University, University of Liberia, Liberia solid Waste Management Association and CBEs.
During the certification program held in Monrovia, the Chief Executive Officer of Green Cities, James K. Mulbah explained that the program was just the beginning of impacting more young people in the area of Waste Management, especially with focus on added value.
Accordingly, Green Cities will conduct another training online and in person in the next six months to complete the remaining requirements, Mr. Mulbah noted.
“Training community based enterprises and solid waste management institutions is one of the best things to do for the country,” he averred, adding “I look forward to a day that employees in waste management get training in the area to enable them add values to waste products in Liberia”.
He asserted that the essence of the program is about value chain; “we don’t want people just collecting garbage and disposing of it without adding value to the garbage”.
Mr. Mulbah lauded all his partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Marianne Naeff of Fair Recycling team based in Switzerland for the level of assistance provided to Green Cities during the first level of the training.
Naeff Marianne In a special Statement on fair recycling shared her institution’s experience with the participants who were certificated. Marianne urged them to be focused with the training, adding that it brings more benefits to them in particular and the country in general, saying further that environmental sustainability requires everyone’s efforts.
Also speaking at the occasion, the head of solid Waste at the EPA, Abayomi B. C. Grant noted that several years back Liberians are used to dumping without knowing that it could be recycled.
He said the EPA has since discouraged citizens dumping garbage in their backyards and disposing it in anyway and anyhow, adding that the dirt could be used and recycled.
He disclosed that bio products are very important, and said that his current cooking gas at home is connected to his Septic tank.