GA WEST: ZoomLion constructs plant to solve Accra waste problem
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In recent times statistics have shown that Accra alone generates about two thousand two hundred (2,200) tonnes of solid waste every day, and out of this only 1800 tonnes are collected daily, leaving a deficit of 400 tonnes uncollected.
Various initiatives have been put in place by various institutions and governmental bodies to curb the menace; which has all proved futile.
According to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) solid waste generated in Accra alone comprises 65 percent organic, three percent paper, 3.5 percent plastic, 3.6 percent glass, 2.5 percent metal, 1.7 percent textile, 17.1 percent of inert metals and 1.2 percent being residue of other waste materials.
In solving this problem however, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a giant waste management company, has constructed a $40 Million facility; for sorting and composting of solid waste at Adjen-Kotoku near Medie in the Ga West Municipality.
The plant will have the capacity to process about 300 tonnes of waste in an eight-hour shift. Notwithstanding, the facility will also be able to pelletize plastics to serve as raw materials to plastic manufacturing industries to manufacture products such as plastic chairs, bowls, cups, and the like, as well as creating job opportunities for many Ghanaians.
Meanwhile the elated Chief Executive of the Ga West Municipality, Mr. Ebenezer Nii Armah Tackie in an interview with Ghanadistricts.com, said the assembly stands for development and it is a good idea for the municipality to be chosen by Zoomlion for the construction of such a facility which he observed as the first of its kind in the country.
The MCE said the agrarian Ga West Municipality will no more waste their hard-earned money on buying fertilizers since the plant will help in providing manure to the farmers to grow their crops in order to boost the level of agriculture in the country.
Mr. Nii Armah reiterated that the facility will also help generate revenue for the assembly and will also help solve the sanitation problem facing the region.
Meanwhile the construction of the plant which started about a year ago is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/Ghanadistricts.com