Integrated recycle and compost plant currently under construction at Adegya in the Ashanti Region is expected to sustainably manage over 1000 tons of waste generated daily in some parts of the region.
The project would undertake the function of treating both solid and liquid waste. It will also drive the employment of about 500 people for the start.
Management of liquid and solid waste in the region is becoming a topical issue as Oti landfill is now filled to capacity.
This, according to experts is posing health threats to residents as leachate from the waste is heavily polluting water bodies.
Figures show Kumasi metropolitan alone generates a minimum of 1,500 tons of waste daily but lack of recycling plant to sustainably manage these wastes is a challenge.
The Oti landfill takes a chunk of these wastes generated in the area. So disposal of liquid waste directly into water bodies is becoming a norm as cesspit trucks line up to take turns to dislodge faecal matter in water bodies.
Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government and Sanitation is now expecting the completion of the treatment plant by Jospong Group to help reverse the sanitation hiccup.
Committee members inspected the integrated recycling and compost plant.
“The future is for recycling plant, not landfill,” Ranking member, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye said.
He says the challenge has always been the financing of projects of such to sustainably manage waste.
Vanderpuye indicates the country needs to take a policy direction and decision in the management of waste.
Group CEO of Jospong, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyeponh appeals to the Parliamentarians to help the company secure off-taker agreements with the government for the smooth running of the projects.
Dr Agyepong says is one of the biggest recycling plants in Africa sitting on 160-acre land.
When completed it will become double of Accra treatment plant.
“It will treat 1,200 tons of waste with over 1500 indirect jobs,” he says.