Regional News of Monday, 17 September 2012
Source: The New Crusading Guide
It is now clear that the problem about the final disposal of waste confronting the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and other Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region is over as the newly established company “ Accra Compost & Recycling Plant (ACaRP)” starts operations.
The plant which is sited at Adjen Kotoku in the Ga West District in the Greater Accra Region is expected to recycle 1000 tons of waste from the current 300 when the plant development enters its next phase.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Owura K. Sarfo explained to media and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Rural Development on a tour to observe the progress of work that ACaRP is an integrated waste processing and recycling company established to collect, sort, process and recycle solid and liquid waste and produce organic manure for agronomic purposes in Ghana and West Africa.
“The ultra modern waste treatment facility is expected to treat between 45-50 per cent of the daily waste collected from the Accra metropolis and transported to landfill sites” he underscored.
According to him this new initiative would address the problem of plastic waste through sorting, collection, processing and recycling as well as the focal point for training and research in the provision of effective waste processing.
Mr Sarfo pointed out that the plant development was currently in its first phase and occupied an 80-acre land is expected to also house in due course, a major plastic processing plant that would be set up.
The Managing Director who is a waste expert integrated solid waste management system is the solution for Accra’s sanitation problems and the ACaRP is seriously employing other ways to recover, recycle and reuse waste.
Commenting on its benefits Mr. Sarfo hinted the ultra modern solid waste treatment facility when fully completed would provide about 500 job opportunities with other thousands of employment opportunities through the supply chain.
“The facility will improve on sanitation by reducing health hazards created by the present practice of anarchic dumping of waste in the open, causing regular drainage blocked channels resulting in fatal flooding,” he noted.
He indicated that the facility would provide a more efficient and effective means of recovering recyclable materials to sustain indigenous recycling companies with raw materials and compost for agronomic purposes to help cut down the importation of soil conditioners (inorganic) into the country.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Dominic A. Azumah, expressed satisfaction at the level of work and expressed optimism that the completion of the plant would witness a remarkable improvement in sanitation within Accra and its environs.
He said the committee would impress upon the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to release the last tranche of funds to help expedite the completion of the ACaRP before the end of the year.