GHANA – Zoomlion, the company that manages waste in several Ghanaian cities, has 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.

Zoomlion says that 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)

Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the CEO of the Jopson group of companies (of which Zoomlion is a member) says the plants will help reduce the sanitation problems observed in Ghana, particularly in the Northern Region.

Zoomlion reports that 12,710 tons of solid waste is produced every day in Ghana, 67% of which is biodegradable.

Other reports however indicate that the country produces about 22,000 tonnes of solid waste every single day.

Much of the waste usually ends up in dumpsites with a significantly smaller proportion mainly made up of plastic being recycled.

Liquid waste management on the other hand, continues to be a challenge for Ghanaian authorities.

According to Anoff Amoaning-Yankson, immediate Past President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, some 36 liquid waste treatment plants dotted across the country have broken down and are rotting away.

Due to this, Amoaning-Yankson said sewage waste from homes especially in urban areas such as Tema were being directed into the sea, a practice, which according to him, left much to be desired and deserves immediate government intervention.

Zoomlion’s waste management projects will thus help address this challenge by providing effective and environmentally friendly waste management solution to the northern part of Ghana.

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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