The Mayor of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly in the Ashanti Region, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, has expressed joy over the existence of a recycling plant in the region.
According to Mr. Antwi, initially, all residents of Kumasi relied on dumping at the Oti landfill site.
However, with the help of the government, there is a recycling plant in Kumasi which aids in recycling all waste products brought to the site.
“This project has really added up to the city management. In Kumasi our number 1 problem was where to dump our waste, we are dumping the waste currently at Oti Landfill it has been there for a very long time and has now become a mountain. And our problem was where to go because the people there were chasing us to move the landfill from the place. So we were happy when Zoomlion took advantage of the relationship between KMA and the government of Hungary and went for this project”.
Mr. Antwi made this known when a team of delegation of four(4) Parliamentary Select Committees, Local Government and Rural Development, Works and Housing, Environment Science and Technology together with Finance on Thursday, April 15, 2021, went on a tour of the Oti Landfill Site which cupping of the site is on-going. As well as the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant (KCARP) at Adagya in the Ashanti Region to find out how it is operating.
The Kumasi Mayor emphasised that “the project has really cut down the waste that is going to Oti Landfill and all the waste that is coming here (KCARP) are also treated. Now we are no longer going to have a mountainous landfill site here. Because out of the 100 percent, currently is only 10 percent that can be termed as waste”.
“Now with the 1,800 of waste generated daily in Greater Kumasi, we have a place sending them for it to be recycled. Zoomlion has done well because it has also added an institute attached to the plant, so, now KNUST has also gotten a place to do their practicals,” he added.
A member of the finance committee in Parliament who also doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso North Constituency, Hon. Yussif Jahah expressed his satisfaction at how the plant was operating.
“I am really impressed with what I have come to see here, we touring the whole country to have an idea about the sanitation plan the company (Zoomlion) is putting in place. And what I have seen I am so much impressed. With this, I think in some few years, issues of sanitation will be a thing of the past”.
He also called for a system to be put in place to segregate waste at the source.
“Even in your own house, get to know if it is plastic this is where it goes if it’s paper this is where you keep it, so, at the end of the day, when the trucks come to pick they know this is a waste of paper, metal, etc. But in our system, we put it all together. If that is done in our homes, it helps speed up the process when it gets to the recycling site and also reduces the cost of operation”.
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana