The Vice President in his remark noted that “Our environment will not take care of us if we fail to take care of our environment,” He said while the Government is making the needed investment to improve waste management and sanitation, the citizenry also has a role to safeguard their own lives.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, in his remarks, said the waste station was born out of the visionary leadership of President John Mahama and supported by Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
Giving a background of the project, Mr Agyepong explained that he was part of a trip by President Mahama to Turkey last year during which they were taken on a tour to several places, including sanitation and waste treatment plants.
He narrated that President Mahama, after showing interest in replicating the Turkish example in Ghana, threw a challenge to Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the city authorities to develop similar projects in Ghana.
He said he took President Mahama’s challenge and decided to pursue it with his partners in Turkey.
The Waste Transfer Station can manage up to 1,300 tons of waste on a daily basis. The Transfer Station is also expected to ease the pressure on landfill sites and improve waste service delivery in the region. The transfer station will reduce the overall cost of operation of waste contractors in the region in terms of fuel and maintenance cost, as well as their turnaround time
Under the management of Zoompak Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, the transfer station will serve as the critical consolidation link to effective and efficient waste management in the Greater Accra Region.
The medical waste facility, known as the Zoompak Medical Waste Management which, has the capacity to transfer about 1,350 tons of waste per day and has waste management programs such as segregation of waste, proper waste disposal, transport and waste storage and implementation of contingency plans.
The Zoompak Waste Transfer Station has been ISO certified with occupational health and safety management system.