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Ghana bans second-hand fridges

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There has been a new rule introduced to Ghana that the importing of second hand fridges should be stopped.And the head of Ghana's energy commission said on an interview that the ban of fridges in the country made Ghana "a pioneer in West Africa".
Ghana has introduced a rebate scheme to encourage people to surrender their used refrigerators for a new one.
The BBC's Sammy Darko in Accra says not everyone can afford a new refrigerator, so the used ones are still in demand at the second hand shops that litter the streets of the capital's suburbs.
"We will lose our jobs next year - this is what takes care of us and our family," said salesman Albert Kwasi Breku.
But Mr Ofosu-Ahenkora says the solution is to manufacture fridges locally.
"It is not a matter of stopping some business but encouraging manufacturing. I think manufacturing will create more jobs than importation of second refrigerators."
Since CFCs were banned, many fridge manufacturers have replaced them with Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

But last year a UN report warned that HFCs are a greenhouse gas which is 20% more potent that CO2 and so their use could hamper efforts to tackle climate change.

Ghana is also a common destination for "e-waste" - used computers and televisions from the West, which often contain toxic material.
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