… MD Says Coy Has Capacity To Handle Waste In Ghana
By Agnes Ansah and Pics by Eric Owiredu
“With continuous support from government, Zoomlion can deal effectively with waste management in the country,” says Dr Joseph S. Agyepong, Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group.
According to him, Zoomlion has the equipment, capacity, and the human resource to manage waste in the country.
He said the company has employed 200,000 people, deployed over 1,000 waste collection materials, and has well trained staff to deal with waste management in the country.
Mr Agyepong revealed this to Ghanaians who gathered at the Independence Square last Friday to witness the distribution of sanitation equipment to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) by Zoomlion.
The company handed over 500 skip trucks, 1,000 waste bins, and 20 tricycles to the MMDAs for the efficient collection and management of waste.
Mr Agyepong indicated that the gesture was also part of the company’s effort to complement the government’s commitment to deal with waste management in the country.
He said he believes that with government support, and collaboration from government ministries and agencies tasked with waste management, Zoomlion can manage the country’s waste effectively and efficiently.
Recounting the strategies the company has in place to deal with waste, Mr Agyepong stated that Zoomlion would ensure that every household gets a waste bin to enable them manage waste effectively.
He said that the upsurge in population requires that every household gets a waste bin if the country wants to achieve its vision of becoming the cleanest in Africa.
“Due to this initiative, our research teams have collected data on all households in the country.”
He also indicated that these waste bins would be digitised by placing stickers on each bin to enable them monitor and ensure that the bins are emptied on a daily basis.
He said the company has also developed a plant that can manufacture 400 waste bins daily.
“This would help meet the needs of [a] growing population and rapid urbanisation, as one can easily get access to waste bins,” he observed.
He listed the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, waste transfer stations, plastics recycling, medical waste treatment, and solving Ghana’s 100 years’ problem of discharging waste into the sea by providing a faecal treatment plant, as some other innovations introduced by the company to solve Ghana’s waste challenge.
Mr Agyepong said the company would also learn from the experiences of other countries and thrive on partnerships and collaboration with universities – both foreign and local – so as to improve on their operations.
He, therefore, called on stakeholders and the citizens to help in the management of waste to enable the government’s vision of making the country the cleanest in Africa, through Zoomlion.
Mr Micheal Gyato, Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, also indicated that waste management is a herculean task, hence, more people should come on board and help make Ghana the cleanest city.
“The gap between waste collection and recycling calls for more equipment and human resources, therefore, people should emulate Zoomlion and take up the task,” he observed.
Mr Gyato indicated that research shows that 2,000 tonnes of waste are produced daily in the country, but Zoomlion collects only 300 tonnes, leaving 1,700 unattended to, and called on private companies and individuals to partner the government to eliminate waste.
He said: “The government sees the private sector as the engine of growth of the economy, so more private companies and individuals should assist in changing the poor sanitation conditions in the country.”
The Deputy Minister indicated that the ministry would also roll out policies that would boost the morale of MMDAs to keep their various municipalities and districts in the country clean.
Mr Gyato also charged Ghanaians to see the business aspect of waste and take advantage of it to make money and eliminate unemployment.
“The value chain of waste is full of business opportunities that can eliminate unemployment in the country, so if we can see waste as wealth, and accord it the required attention, then we can eliminate unemployment.”
He said waste can be converted into energy, manure, bottles, and other disposables that can generate bio-money, and charged people to take advantage.
He said, per the country’s population, it is estimated that 13,500 tonnes of waste are generated daily, because each person is estimated to produce 0.5 kilogrammes of waste daily.
“This quantity of waste, if handled properly, can generate a lot of money and employment for people”.
He, therefore, charged people not to concentrate on the health risks it poses alone, but the business aspect as well.