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H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned a $95m Integrated Composting and Recycling Plant in Kumasi aimed at processing solid waste into reusable material such as compost, plastics, metals, paper among other items
The $95m project which is located at Adagya in the Bosometwe Consituency in the Ashanti Region has capacity of receiving 2,400 tonnes of solid waste which is above the daily generation of 1,200 tonnes of waste in Kumasi.
The President said the project, which is one of the largest in Africa, comprises of one cubic metric solid waste, restaurant, a clinic, cafeteria, lecture halls, administration block, a conference hall and other auxiliary facilities.
He said the project is expected to employ 800 directs and 1,500 indirect jobs and help reduce unemployment in the country.
He indicated that the government remains committed in partnering the private sector in the area of solid waste management and thanked the Hungarian government for patterning with Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
He said the integrated plant has a 90% recovery rate, boost the economy and serve as a tourist attraction in the Kumasi metropolis.
The President task all MMDCEs to collaborate with the company in it operations and charged of the Sanitation Ministry to see to the completion of all the 16 projects across the country.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong noted that research has shown that the Coronavirus can survive on plastic materials for five days and four days for wood, paper and glass, therefore stressing the need to properly dispose off waste materials.
He said currently Zoomlion has 6000 staff capacity with 45000 operatives under the YEA making a total of 51, 000 work force.
He pointed out that the recycling plant will help convert waste into re-useable products which will help keep our communities clean.