Accra gets first modern waste transfer station

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The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah on Thursday commissioned a modern waste transfer station at Achimota as full complement of the waste transfer infrastructure to accommodate the voluminous waste products in the city.

The waste transfer site which is the first and only solid waste transfer station in Africa is at par with the European standards and has met the International Standard (SI) of waste management.

The project was a collaborative efforts from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Accra Metro Assembly (AMA), Zoompak Ghana Limited, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA).

Delivering a key note address, the Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, commended the initiators for such a magnificent investment and as well condemned the indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

He lamented the quantum of money AMA spends on waste management in Accra.

Mr. Adjei Sowah also expressed his excitement of the proximity of the project – saying tricycle and tipper drivers’ long distance of dumping refuse is reduced. He however cautioned waste collectors and operators to work within the remit of the laws regarding waste management.

Speaking on the benefits and usefulness of the waste transfer station, the Managing Director of Zoompak, Mr. Sinan Mirasyedi mentioned that the site can take 2000 tons of waste products daily.

He enumerated reduction of cost, expand the life span of waste collection vehicles, reduction road traffic and no more dumping of garbage onto the streets as benefits to be derived.

Lastly, the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion, a subsidiary company of the JOSPONG Group of Companies, Mr. Joseph Siaw explained that management of waste continues to be a challenge for us a country, hence the establishment of the station would help take care of the sanitation problems.

And that Accra has met the International Standard (SI) of waste management. He therefore called on ESPA members and government to take advantage of the project and enforce the regulations on waste management respectively.


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