Gov’t to build two waste management plants all regions

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The government has revealed plans to build two waste management plants in all ten regions of the country to improve sanitation.

The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste, continues to feature prominently in major towns and cities across the country.

Speaking to Citi News on the sidelines of a forum for a three-year strategic plan to find solutions to the problem, the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Kofi Adda, said the government was committed to improving sanitation across the country through such initiatives.

He said the treatment plants would provide a place where they could “convert the waste to and sort it out and decide what we are going to do with it.”

“In the urban areas like Accra and Kumasi, there are many transfer stations  where you can take the waste to, from where the bigger trucks can convey them to bigger waste treatment plants.”

When it comes to decisions on whether to recycle waste or generate power to produce fertilizer compost, Mr. Adda said, “you need a place where you can heap all these waste so that those who need it to support their factories will then pick it up form there.”

In line with power generation from waste, the Ministry of Energy, has indicated government’s desire to ensure that Ghana develops legally and socially binding commitments to start the treatment of human excreta and other forms of waste by 2019, to boost the country’s energy needs.

The hope is that, this would address Ghana’s sanitation and health problems, as well as create thousands of sustainable jobs, clean energy and improve healthy agriculture practice across the country.

By: Kojo Ageyman/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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