Environment Minister Visits Accra Compost & Recycling Plant

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Mahama Ayariga has advocated increased private participation in Waste Management in Ghana. Speaking after a tour of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant the Minister stressed the need for technological advancement in managing the country’s waste which continues to be a burden on government. He also identified the importance of innovative projects aimed at sustaining a clean and healthy environment. The Minister who was in the company of the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Daniel Amlalo, and some other stakeholders in the sector visited the plant to familiarize himself with operations of the company. The visit also enable the Minister and his entourage to understand the various roles the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) has played in the overall waste management process in selected MMDA Greater Accra, especially servicing the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA), Ga South, Ga Central, Ga West, Ga East, La Dade-Kotopon, Ledzokuku-Krowor, Adenta, and Akuapim South (Eastern Region) over the past three years of its inception. The Minister was also conducted round the on-going state-of-the-art faecal waste Treatment Plant which is 80% complete and expected to be commissioned by close of the year 2015. This plant when completed, according to the Managing Director of ACARP Dr. Richard Amponsah will receive over 1,000m3 (100 trucks) liquid waste from various MMDAs as earlier mentioned which would have otherwise been discharged directly into the sea. The strategic project would assist in addressing a lot other sanitary related diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, etc. The addition gain to the project is also as learning centers for students (ranging from primary to the university level), researchers, policy makers and the media. This would generate about two hundred (200) additional Jobs into the local economy. The integrated facility is designed to host treatments plants that include: Sorting Plant, Composting Plant, Plastic recycling, Feacal waste treatment, Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF) productions, Waste to Energy (Biogas and Thermal derived energy); and a residual section.