The
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Sanitation
and Water Resources, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Community
Water and Sanitation Agency, Environmental and Protection Agency and
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) together regulate waste
management and recycling activities in Ghana in various capacities. The
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through the various MMDAs
see to the day by day management of waste across the country. Whiles the Ministries
of Sanitation & Water Resources and Environment, Science & Technology are
the governing bodies responsible for the formulation and implementation of
policy, regulatory issues, and administration as well as coordination of all
organizations necessary to achieve the government’s sanitation and
environmental objectives.

 

Laws
governing the environment and sanitation sector in Ghana include:

§ 
Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462)

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§ 
MMDAs Bye Laws

§ 
Town Planning Ordinance, 1945 (CAP 84)

§ 
Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1994 (Act
490)

§ 
Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and
Management Act, 2016 (Act 917)

§ 
Environmental Conservation Act

§ 
Community Water and Sanitation Agency Act, 1998
(Act 564)

§ 
Fire Code, L.I. 1724

§ 
Energy Commission Law, 1997 (Act 541)

§ 
Criminal Code (Act 29), 1960

 

In addition
to these industry-related laws, businesses operating in Ghana ought to be
familiar with the following:

 

·        
The Companies Code, 1963 (Act 179)

·        
The Internal Revenue Act, 2000 (Act 592)

·        
The VAT Act, 1998 (Act 546)

·        
Ghana Investment Promotion Act, 1994 (Act 478)

·        
Ghana Free Zones Act, 1995 (Act 505)

·        
The Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651)

·        
Social Security & National Insurance Trust
Law

·        
Factory, Offices and Shops Act, 1970 (Act 328

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