As part of efforts to rid the country of the growing menace of insanitary conditions, the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has invented four machines for collecting waste.
The machines, largely powered by agricultural waste are Double Acting Pedal Dustbin (DAPED), Aluminum Can Crusher (ACAC), Agricultural Waste Oven (AWO) and Agricultural Waste Stove (AWAS).
Explaining the rationale behind the invention, Mr Boye-Doe, who is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, said the move was to save the country huge sums of monies spent annually to manage waste.
Touching on the machines operates, he said the Double Acting Pedal Dustbin, comprised of a metallic body with a hydro pump that regulated its opening and closing to elongate their lifespan and drastically reduce the stench often associated with refuse.
The metallic garbage bins have specialized can liners to control leakage, prevent pests and insects invasion and also reduces odour.
The handles and wheels of the cans facilitate easy movement and were suitable for the street, homes, schools and institutions.
Using the Aluminum Can Crasher, had a tremendous benefit of making the crushing process a lot more efficient, which made recycling faster and easier.
The other machines – Agricultural Waste Oven and Agricultural Waste Stove, use any agricultural waste that was combustible as sources of heat for various uses including baking bread, cake, pastries without using electricity or gas.
In all, the common agricultural waste used included maize cob, groundnut shells, palm oil waste, among others, which are readily available across the country and less expensive.
Mr Boye-Doe said using agricultural waste to produce long-burning fuel will reduce deforestation, improve public health, cheaper and nearly smokeless.
He indicated that the University was ready to produce the bins in quantities to help resolve the sanitation challenges in the country.
“It takes four to five hours to produce one dustbin. However, we can produce not less than 60 bins given the needed resources,” he said as he called for stakeholders support to scale-up production.
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