GHANA – Ghana’s President, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo has launched the construction of a new US$17.5 million solid waste treatment plant with capacity of processing 200 tonnes of solid waste per day, in Sefwi Wiawso, in the North West Region.

The solid waste treatment plant is being built for Zoomlion, a subsidiary of the Jospong group provides the public waste management service in several towns in this West African country.

The future plant will occupy an area of approximately 41 hectares made available to Zoomlion by the Sefwi Wiawso authorities and will have facilities for sorting, recycling plastic waste and composting organic waste.

According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the new waste treatment plant will improve solid waste management, produce organic compost for horticultural and agronomic purposes, reduce the rate of plastic pollution and promote the circular economy in Ghana.

Ghana generates 5 million tonnes of waste per year which mostly finds itself in open dumpsites that are not only unsanitary but a threat to the environment.

 According to a study (2017) conducted by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, 60% of this waste could be transformed into organic waste, while 80% could be recycled into plastics and other products.

Construction works on the waste treatment and composting plant are expected to be complete in four months with commissioning expected in January next year.

Last month, Zoomlion announced plans to invest US$41 million in the development of two waste management in the northern region of Ghana.

According to Zoomlion, one of the waste management plants will be used to treat liquid waste while the other will be involved in the recycling of solid waste.

The construction of the liquid waste treatment plant will require an investment of US$17.78 million (approximately 103 million Ghanaian cedis) while the one for solid waste management will be constructed at a cost of US$23.71 (nearly 137 million Ghanaian cedis).

According to the utility company, work will begin in December 2020 with expected dates of completion being 4 months after the start date for the  solid waste processing plant and 15 months for the liquid waste management plant.

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