Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Africas Waste Management giant had hit yet another milestone in its operation. The first-of-its-kind Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP) has been commissioned in Accra as part of efforts to sustainably manage waste generated in the city.
The facility, also known as the Accra Waste Recovery Park and located on the Korle-Bu road, has an 80% waste recovery rate and a capacity to handle 400 tonnes of solid waste on a sixteen (16) hour shift.
The IRECOP will also serve as research and training center for educational institutions.
In a statement read on behalf of the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Minister for Business Development, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, said the facility had come at an opportune time considering the overburdened landfill sites in the region.
As leaders in the industry, our wealth of experience has revealed that Waste disposal in Ghana is gradually shifting from dump sites and engineered landfills to value additions through the use of sustainable (socio-economic and environmentally friendly) technologies.
Apart from the environmental benefits, the Plants also have enormous economic benefits in terms of employment generation and provision of raw materials to feed industry. The support of Government is relevant to ensuring that operations become highly successful.
The targeted coverage areas include Mamprobi, Chorkor, Laterbiokorshie, Kantamanto, Agbogbloshie (Old Fadama), James Town, Ussher fort, Graphic Road, Korle Bu, Korle Gono, Ashiedu Keteke which all fall within 5 kilometers radius of the integrated recycling and compost plant. The estimated population within the 5 kilometer radius of the facility is 1,094,994 (AMA, 2019).
Total estimated waste generated by this population using a per capita generation per day for Accra as stated in Miezah et al. (2015) is approximately 809.4 tons a day. This will enable the facility to run its planned two production lines daily at maximum capacity.
It has been observed that, motorized tricycles users prioritize quicker discharge turnaround time over the long distance traveled to discharge waste. Since the facility is located at the heart of town, it will increase its patronage by waste collectors within the 5000 meters radius of the facility.
In pursuit of the partnership arrangement between the public sector and the private waste management operators, we at Zoomlion Ghana Limited, with our strong working philosophy that waste management is more than refuse collection and disposal but more of value addition and material recovery, intend to establish the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRCoP) in all the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana, using state-of-the-art technology.
Addressing the solid waste management challenges in the cities and towns in Ghana is a collective endeavor. The Recycling and Compost Plants will contribute immensely to addressing these challenges at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The Jospong Group of Companies, which operates on the working philosophy that waste management is more than refuse collection and disposal, has planned to establish these plants in all the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana, using state-of-the-art technology, the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRCoP)
In an effort to accelerate economic development in Africa as a means of improving the Lives of people, the Jospong Group of Companies represented Ghana at the just ended 14th CII-EXIM BANK CONCLAVE on India-Africa Project Partnership held in New Delhi - India.
This year’s Conference, brought together over 500 delegates including 33 Ministers and heads of governments of 41 African countries. The past 13 editions have emerged as the pioneer event for Indian and African governments as well as industry to meet and explore new avenues of partnerships.
The Jospong Group, Gold Sponsors of the Event, were the only Private African Company in their category to be invited and continued to project itself as a company of choice for fostering development through partnerships and Ghana as the destination of choice for investment in Africa.
The Group engaged in concrete engagements in key strategic areas with Indian counterparts and other Delegates from other sister African Countries that are engaged in fostering development on the continent.
Ghana’s Vice President, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressed the Inaugural Session of the Conclave as Guest of Honor, where he encouraged Ghanaian businesses to create more opportunities to better the lives of citizens in India and Africa.
The Vice President outlined the game changing strategies being implemented by the Government of Ghana to stabilise the Ghanaian economy.
Some Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Businesses from Ghana, officials from the GIPC, the AGI and various Chambers of Commerce were part of the Delegation that represented Ghana.
The first Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)- EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership was held in the year 2005. The initiative was launched by the Confederation in partnership with EXIM Bank of India and with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
Over the last twelve editions, it has emerged as the pioneer event in building partnerships and enhancing the economic engagement between the two regions.
This strengthening of the relationship between Africa and India and the increase in the interest of India in Africa could also be attributed to the fact that Africa is at a critical juncture in its development process and India could play major role in Africa’s growth story.
The Jospong Group’s contribution to the development process was well acknowledged and appreciated by delegates at the conference.
The female staff of the Jospong group were busily sweeping, picking plastic waste, collecting isolated heaps of refuse, de-silting drains along the streets and educating patrons of the Bohye market on the need to keep the market and the environment clean at all times.
The 2019 International women’s day which has been themed “BalanceForBetter” seek to forge a more gender-balanced world.
The President of JOLAC, Mrs Rosemond Quarcoopome who led the staff to undertake the massive clean-up exercise in an interview touted the pivotal role of women in transforming society. “A woman incubate life and has the power to nurture and impact lives”, she explained.
She said waste management being a core business of the Jospong group is a focal area the club seek to transform and ensure that women take lead in keeping their surroundings clean. “The upbringing of women has imbibed environmental cleanliness in us and that is why growing up as young women we had sweeping of our various compounds as those key house chores”, she pointed out.
Mrs Quarcoopome explained that the Jospong group as one of the biggest in the country operating in 12 sectors of the economy decided to merge all female staff under one group known as JOLAC to be change agents impacting lives in their various communities.
She said Zoomlion Ghana limited, the biggest company within the group has women at key positions making decisions to revolutionized Africa’s waste management sector. “We are privileged to have Mrs Florence Larbi, the Managing Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited and Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, The Executive Chairman of the Jospong group who are credited for revolutionizing the waste management sector in Africa as our patrons guiding our steps towards ensuring that the country becomes the cleanest in the sub region”.
Some market women who also joined the exercise expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the Jospong Ladies club for undertaking the clean-up exercise which has given the market a facelift. They urged their colleagues market women to desist from insanitary practices as those actions may lead to massive disease out breaks.
Zoomlion Ghana Limited gave Tamale, the regional capital of the Northern Region a sanitation boost and is urging citizens to continue to keep their environment clean during and after the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary celebration.
The company started the celebration preparation by thoroughly cleaning the city of Tamale and it's environs to ensure that the city befits the President H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's vision of a clean Ghana.
All major roads were cleaned and washed with mechanized street sweepers and men, all curbs painted, branding of the principal streets with the national colours and the introduction of astro turf technology at all round abouts making them so green and colourful among others.
Hundreds of men were deployed by the company through the week long preparation to ensure a cleaner Tamale.
Also, the company provided sweeping and cleaning services at the venue of the programme, the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, water to service all the washrooms, positioned waste bins on the streets and at vantage points in and around the stadium to further enhance the cleanliness of the city and the stadium.
The Group Head of Communication of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mrs. Sophia Lissah, appealed to the media to intensify public education to augment Zoomlion's routine public education programmes to educate the populace on proper and acceptable waste management practices. She urged citizens of Tamale and visitors to continue to keep the environment clean to attract tourists to boost the Ghanaian economy.
Mrs. Lissah gave the assurance that Zoomlion will continue to do the daily cleaning and create the needed awareness to ensure a clean environment saying that is “the job we have chosen for ourselves but the people owe it a duty to ensure the waste is properly kept for collection and onward management.”
The Regional Minster Alhaji Salifu Saed and other government officials were full of praise of the excellent work done by Zoomlion in making the Tamale City clean and colourful for the historic independence day celebrations. He reiterated the need for sustaining the clean environment and beautify the city.
The Northern Regional General Manager, Mr. Peter Dawuni, appealed to residents to take advantage of the nationwide one million nationwide bin distribution exercise being undertaken by Zoomlion to adopt a waste bin in their households in order to keep their refuse for appropriate management.