Sanitation Minister inspects Zoomlion’s composting and recycling plant

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah has expressed excitement about the newly installed composting and recycling plant of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a leading waste management company owned by the Jospong Group of Companies.

The plant is built on a robust technology for Africa in collaboration with a European technology partner, Komptech Austria, and is located at the Accra Waste Recovery Park – an industrial hub created by Jospong for the recycling of waste materials into usable products.

The facility has a high material recovery rate – up to 90% of mixed waste and with the capacity to process 200 metric tonnes of waste a day.

Ms. Abena Dapaah could not hide her excitement about the innovation by Jospong, and indicated that her ministry is encouraging all businessmen and the youth to venture into waste-recycling, because that is the only sustainable way of managing our waste.

She said the ministry met all waste management players and encouraged them to venture into waste-recycling; hence, the swift move by Zoomlion Ghana Limited is commendable and government will continue to provide the needed environment and stimulus packages for private businesses to triumph.

The Plant Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Oteng who conducted the Minister around the facility, explained that the plant’s capacity of processing 100 metric tonnes of organic compost per day has the potential to displace over 864,000 bags of chemical fertilisers imported into Ghana annually – which is a deliberate move to boost the local economy and encourage organic food consumption in Ghana.

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He said the socio-economic and job-creation benefits of the facility are enormous, as the plant will provide direct and indirect employment for over 1000 youth; also, plans are far advanced to install similar plants across all the 16 regions.

Meanwhile, government has allocated GH¢197 million for desilting choked drains in Accra and other drainage works across the country.

The minister, in disclosing this, indicated that: “It looks like we are having early rains and the country must be prepared for force majeure. We must be grateful to God for rains; but unfortunately, rains can cause havoc”.  The authorities will not hesitate to deal with persons who are caught disposing of refuse indiscriminately at unauthorised places once the desilting is done, she noted.

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