Nana Akufo-Addo, president of the Republic of Ghana, has cut the sod for work to begin on an integrated solid waste treatment facility in the Upper East Region.
The sod cutting ceremony took place at Sherigu in Bolgatanga on October 8, 2020 after a short ceremony witnessed by the chiefs and people of Sherigu in the Upper East Region of the country.
The construction of the waste treatment facility, follows a national construction of similar treatment plants across all 16 regions of Ghana started by the ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, and led by Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
As a state of the art waste treatment facility, the construction is expected to address all solid and liquid waste problems in the region, as well as address unemployment.
Under the current government's planting for food and jobs and the one district one factory policy, the waste treatment facility is expected to create at least 75 direct jobs, as well as another 250 indirect jobs for the people in the region.
According to the minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Dapaah, eight facilities have already been started across the country, with two already working in Accra and Kumasi.
She indicated that government is already in partnership with the necessary authorities and experts to re-engineer the country's waste in line with the president's vision of making Ghana the cleanest city in Africa.
She also added that the municipal and district assemblies have been directed to collaborate with Zoomlion to ensure that all waste is collected and directed to the plant when completed.
The waste treatment facility is expected to process plastic waste, electronic waste, metal scraps as well as liquid and organic waste.
When completed, the facility is also expected to produce fertilizer from organic waste for farming activities, convert plastic waste into plastic pellets for industrial plastic manufacturing companies as well as generate other useful products from waste collected in the region.
This will decrease the amount of waste that ends up in the landfills, reduce the environmental impacts from incineration as well as reduce environmental pollution. The general health of the people is also expected to improve as a result of reduced environmental pollution.
The current solid waste treatment facility in the upper east region is a government-private led initiative under the one district one factory and the planting for food and jobs programme.
It is being led by Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the waste management experts with funding from Komptech in Austria and Purecco company in Hungary.
The facility is expected to be completed in four months, and work is expected to begin immediately (8th October 2020).
The upper east region current generates 782 tons of waste weekly and some 21896 tons of waste monthly.
However, the construction of the treatment facility will absorb all the generated waste in the region, creating some 75 direct jobs in the process as well as another 250 indirect jobs.
The upper east regional waste treatment facility is the ninth of its kind in the country, with work already in progress in regions such as the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo, Eastern and other regions.