Ghanaians urged to segregate waste at home

Management of Sewerage Systems Ghana Ltd (SSGL) has appealed to Ghanaians to endeavour to segregate waste generated at home.

Head of Processing and Engineering at the SSGL, Eric Simon Amofa – Sarkodie made the call when Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps toured some waste management facilities under the Jospong Group of Companies.

Speaking at the Lavender Hill located at James Town, which houses the Mudor Sewege Treatment Plant and the Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant, Mr Amofa-Sarkodie disclosed that the company spent over Ghc20, 000 monthly to separate solid waste trapped in the liquid waste that are discharged at the facility due to non segregation at homes.

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The Lavender Hill facility generates by-products such as biogas, and solid products used for producing organic manure and charcoal while the water is treated for reuse or flushed into the Korle Lagoon.

The team also visited a medical waste treatment facility at Teshie Nungua, Zoompak, a partnership between Zoomlion and Turkish waste company.

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Chief Executive Officer of the facility, Durmus Findkci indicated that the facility is one of its kind in the entire African continent hence the need for government to give it maximum support.

He appealed to government to institute control measures on medical waste management because of its sentivity as improper collection and disposal of such waste can spark major health disaster in the country.

“Zoompak is equipped to get rid of medical waste under hygiene conditions and safe for the environment and the people,” he said.

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“Ministry of Health must controll all the processes of the sector and also support the investors in terms of funding as the cost of operating the facility is currently born b the investors,” he added.

At the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP), General Manager of the facility, Betty Brown Nyadu stated that over 60% of waste segregated at the 400 tonne facility is organic in nature.

“The waste segregated at the facility are recycled for convertion into by-products for other productions such as organic fertiliser, plastic pellets among others,” he added.

 

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