Waste management experts, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has commissioned an ultra-modern Integrated Composting and Recycling plant to serve the greater Kumasi metropolis and its surrounding communities.
The 95-million-dollar project, according to management of Zoomlion becomes the biggest in the country and biggest Composting and Recycling Plant in Africa.
Addressing a gathering of ministers, opposition politicians, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, and members of the public at the commissioning of the project on Monday, September 28, 2020 in Kumasi, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, said the facility would create 800 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs, to enhance the local economy and improve the general sanitation situation in the country.
Dr Siaw Agyapong disclosed that due to the technological advancements that are been employed, the plant has the capacity of processing 2,000 metric tonnes of waste everyday; making it the biggest and largest composting and recycling plant on the continent.
"The facility is expected to process 2,000 metric tonnes of waste everyday whiles Kumasi generates 1,200 metric tonnes daily. So, this means that the plant has got the capacity of processing all the solid and liquid waste generated in the region everyday," he added.
While commending government and the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, he said more than 90 percent of construction works were done by Ghanaian engineers.
He added that through the effective and efficient management of the plant, Ghana could become one of the power houses in waste management in the world.
He reserved the utmost praise for Asantehene for the release of the 150-acre land for the construction of the project.
On his part, the president Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo said the setting up of compost and recycling plants comes across as part of his government's transformational agenda of the country.
The president added that his administration would continue to offer unconditional support to the private sector irrespective of the person’s political, ethnic or social standing.
"My government is determined to offer relentless support to the private sector to enhance the general welfare of our people. We promised to deliver factories to all districts in the country and this is an example of us delivering on our pledge," President Akufo-Addo added.
He further seized the opportunity to thank Zoomlion and Jospong Group for the initiative.
Taking her turn to address the gathering, the Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, disclosed that a monitoring framework would be developed to ensure proper discharge and management of liquid and solid waste in the country.
She further expressed gratitude to the Austrian government for assisting Zoomlion to develop the capacity of its workers to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
The plant, built by Zoomlion Ghana Limited, with its European partner, Komptech, is a 1,200-tonne facility that would employ the most modern technology to recycle organic, plastic and other waste into usable raw materials to feed agricultural and other industries.
It has facilities including administration block, composting tunnels, sorting plants, receiving bay, power house among others.
The Kumasi compost plant brings to 7 out of the 16 recycling and compost plants the company is constructing in all the regions in Ghana.