Zoomlion Ghana limited, an integrated waste management solutions provider featured greatly at the National Policy Summit at the University of Cape Coast where several subsidiaries of the company are exhibiting their services and products to the admiration of participants.

The summit which was on the theme “Meeting the sustainable development goals: emphasis on fisheries and sanitation” brought together policy makers, government agencies, ministers, local authorities and academia among others within the sanitation and fisheries sectors to deliberate on how to attain the Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 14 respectively.

The
Managing Director of Zoomlion Ghana limited, Mrs Florence Larbi who dazzled the
audience with her presentation on Zoomlion’s integrated waste management
approach during a panel discussion espoused the huge development intervention
by the private sector in establishing waste collection and treatment facilities
within the waste management value chain.

Citing
the company’s increased fleet of vehicles of various forms for waste
collection, ultra-modern waste transfer stations, waste composting facilities,
plastics recycling plants, faecal treatment plants, the waste material recovery
park in Accra among others, Mrs Larbi was optimistic that the gains achieved
when effectively utilized will make Ghana the cleanest nation in the
sub-region.

She
said the way forward towards achieving the sustainable development goal on
sanitation aside toilet facilities for every home is for every single household
to acquire a waste bin for waste storage.

Highlighting
the impact of owning a waste bin dubbed “the power of the bin”, Mrs Larbi
indicated that the waste bin as a means of storing waste will help positively
shape the attitudes of Ghanaians, prevent communicable diseases, create
employment for the youth, generate revenue for local assemblies, promote
tourism and enhance a clean environment among others.

The
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah at the
event that government through a sinohydro facility will construct 1,800 per day
incineration plant for Accra West, 200 metric tonnes per day transfer station
for Accra East, 100 metric tonnes per day transfer station for Sekondi-Takoradi.

She
hinted that her ministry has written to all Metropolitan, Municipal and
District Assemblies (MMDAs) to deploy sanitation guards by July 2019 to the
various communities to help enforce the sanitation laws in the country.

The
Minister commended Zoomlion Ghana limited for the construction of a new
Integrated Recycling and Compost plant (IRECOP) at Korle Bu, Accra which has
the capacity to process 400 tonnes of waste into other re-usable products and
urged the various households to own a waste bin to effectively store waste for
onward collection.

Meanwhile,
the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta-Akyea speaking on the theme
“Preventing Sanitation Related Flooding, a Shared Responsibility”, made a
passionate appeal to Ghanaians living in flood prone areas to move to safety
grounds as the raining season intensifies.

Participants
at the summit agreed on all multifaceted approaches including attitudinal
change among the citizens to help attain improved sanitation.



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