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General News of Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Source: Ghanaian Times

Oti Landfill to be transformed into modern waste treatment facility

Plans are far advanced by the government to turn the Oti landfill in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, into a modern waste treatment facility.

In line with that, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) has contracted a leading waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, through EAP Consult, to execute the project.

This was made known by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah when she embarked on an inspection tour of the landfill site in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

During the tour, it was observed that work was progressing steadily, with the contractor working assiduously to meet the schedule.

The contract, which spans over one year, involves the upgrading of the Oti landfill to meet engineering and environmental standards.

Zoomlion is also expected to decommission and re-engineer the landfill site.

Furthermore, the project activities include installing a final capping system and grassing.

This will help close some of the waste cells that have reached their final height.

There will also be the improvement of internal access roads and enhancement of traffic within the landfill for both trucks and motor tricycles.

Other works that would be carried out on the site are the rehabilitation of Weigh Bridge, re-fencing the whole site and installing a new liquid waste treatment system.

Also, a gas collection and flaring system to reduce the odours will be installed.

The purpose of all of the above is to extend the lifespan of the landfill to be able to receive more waste daily.

When completed, residents around the landfill area will be spared the foul and repugnant smell that characterises landfill sites in the country.

It would be recalled that the MoSWR recently announced that the government had awarded the Oti Landfill to Zoomlion for upgrading.

The Chief Director at the MoSWR, Mr Anthony Mensah, who made the announcement, indicated that the major works of the project would include reshaping of the slopes, improving all access roads together with the liquid waste treatment facilities at the site.

He went on to disclose that the project was being funded by the central government.

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