Waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, is set to boost the capacity of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) by providing logistical support of 5000 motorised tricycles and 4000 waste trucks to effectively collect waste in the various towns and cities.
The Communications Manager of Zoomlion Ghana limited, Robert Coleman, who disclosed this information in an interview indicated that, the company will today unveil this waste equipment at a ceremony at the Trade Fair Centre –Accra with President John Mahama as the Special Guest of Honour.
This, Mr. Coleman noted indicates the company’s readiness to fight filth at the grass root level.
He said, the rapid population growth and changes in people’s lifestyle have led to an escalating production of solid waste in many parts of the country. For this reason, Zoomlion has improved from its manual tricycle waste collection to a motorised version known as “Moto King”. 5000 of this waste equipment is ready for use by the MMDAs.
Mr Coleman said, “This support programme by Zoomlion is targeted at producing over 10,000 jobs, reduction of waste related disasters and improvement in public health among many other benefits”.
He added that, the National Sanitation Day (NSD), which is a laudable initiative of government, has not been effective due to the lack of adequate waste equipment to support the programme. This challenge, he hinted will be a thing of the past since these waste management equipment will be used to support the programme.
Touching on some of the activities the company is embarking on, he said a waste transfer station known as “ZoomPak” has been constructed to serve as a waste collection point to reduce the pressure of travelling long distances to landfill sites. This facility he said has been upgraded to recycle plastics, treat medical waste among others and will be replicated in other regions.
He mentioned that, a nation-wide waste bin distribution project is about to kick-start to ensure that every household gets a waste bin to effectively collect waste. “Our personnel are currently on the field collecting the necessary data to facilitate effective implementation of this programme” he pointed out.
Ghana, currently generates over 5.5 million tonnes of waste annually. The various metropolis and municipalities generates 0.75kg of solid waste per capita per day, and 0.45kg in other communities, giving average waste generationof 0.60kg per capita per day.
The Ministry of local government last year, instituted the National Sanitation Day which is observed every first Saturday of the month. The programme receives support from the Environmental Service Provider’s Association which is spearheaded by Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
According to Mr Coleman, His Excellency, President John Mahama, will be the special guest speaker at the handing over ceremony at the forecourt of the Trade Fair Centre today Friday February 5, 2016 at 2:00pm.
The event will also be attended by Ministers of State, Chief Executives, members of the Diplomatic core, other private waste management companies, and financial institutions.
Mr Coleman, also appealed to the various MMDAs to enforce their bylaws on sanitation by arresting people who go contrary to the law.
He also appealed to the media to take interest in sanitation related issues to effect change in attitudes. The media, must also publish the national sanitation day to whip up the needed enthusiasm for greater participation within the communities.
Traditional and Religious leaders, must also embark on public education, since a lot of people in the country look up to them.