Regional ministers tour Zoomlion’s recycling plant

Regional ministers in the country have visited Zoomlion’s recently commissioned Hi-tech Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant.

The was to familiarise with the facility and appeal for the installation of same in the regions to help manage waste and create jobs for the teeming youth.

The facility which is situated at the Accra Waste Recovery Park, an industrial hub for the recovery of waste materials into reusable products has a high material recovery rate of up to 90 per cent of the mixed waste.

It also has the capacity to process 200 metric tonnes of waste and nearly 100 metric tonnes of compost daily, respectively, to support agricultural and horticultural ventures.

The tour of the facility followed an announcement during the commissioning ceremony of the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (iReCop) in Accra last week, when the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies and owner of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong said they would replicate the plant in all sixteen regions as part of efforts to support the government’s industrialisation agenda and job creation.

Conducting the ministers round the facility, the Plant Manager, Mr Emmanuel Oteng explained that the plant was built on a robust technology and can produce 100 metric tonnes of organic compost per day to displace over 864,000 bags of chemical fertilisers imported into Ghana annually to boost the Ghanaian economy.

He said the socio-economic and job creation benefit of the facility was enormous as each plant would provide direct and indirect employment for over 1000 youths in the regions.

He added that there would be major savings on the country’s foreign exchange as 216,000 bags of compost would be produced annually per plant which will be an additional boost for government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister who led the delegation to the facility expressed his excitement describing the facility as timely to create jobs and sustainably manage waste.

The plant which has begun massive waste recovery and recycling since it was commissioned few days ago was busily receiving waste from various tricycle operators within Agbogbloshie and its environs.

The facility would be expanded with additional waste treatment plants processing various waste components such as tyres, electronic waste, metal and scrap among others into reusable products.

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