Ghanaian Chronicle

Zoomlion, KNUST Launch Composting, Landfill Project At Ayuom

Date published: January 21, 2013

From Issah Alhassan

Leading waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the British Council, has made yet another giant stride in waste management, by launching a project to turn domestic waste into organic fertiliser at Ayuom in the Bosomtwe district of the Ashanti Region.

Dubbed “Source Separation, Composting Project and Landfill Management”, the project seeks to add value to waste collected in households in the Ayuom community, and will be converted through technology into an organic fertiliser to enhance food production.

The integrated household waste management project will sort source waste into plastics, food and organic waste, with the view to enhancing their re-use, recycling, treatment, and final disposal of the various components.

The project was initiated by the British Council, through its Africa-Knowledge Transfer Programme (AKTP), whilst the College of Engineering of KNUST served as the academic institution which embarked on the research, with Zoomlion as the executor of the maiden project.

The programme also forms part of several efforts by Zoomlion and its partners to deal with the menace of waste in the country, and to ensure efficiency in its management.

Under the project, waste will be collected by staff of Zoomlion from households, separated and then subsequently converted into organic fertiliser to enhance crop production.

The Ashanti Regional Manager of Zoomlion, Mr. Stephen Gyekye-Darko, disclosed at the official launch of the programme that the company had additionally secured vast land at Apagya, also in the Bosomtwe district, to begin the construction of a second sorting and composting facility to serve the northern part of the country.

He said the organic matter in the refuse will be used as raw material for the plant, stressing that the long standing problem of getting land for waste disposal would be a thing of the past.

The Project Coordinator, Dr. Moses Mensah, explained that the objective was to solve waste management problem in the country, with the local community as the case study.

He said the ultimate goal was to examine the potential for the implementation of an integrated waste management system across the country.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Director of British Council, Moses Anibaba, said the AKTP was amongst the most leading initiative programmes, having spent millions of pounds on seven different development programmes in many African countries, including South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.

Pix: Mr. Israel Acheampong, in charge of the project, takes the media through how the compost is converted

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