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Veep inaugurates Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant at Kperisi

The Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamu­du Bawumia, has inaugurated the In­tegrated Recycling and Compost Plant at Kperisi, a community in the Wa Municipality, as part of his visit to the Upper West Region.

The facility, which has the ca­pacity to process over 400 tonnes of plastics, rubber electronics and scrubs, papers and tyres, would offer over 1,000 jobs to the people.

Vice President Bawumia (second from right) cutting the tape to open the facility
Vice President Bawumia (second from right) cutting the tape to open the facility

Addressing the gathering, the Vice President said the facility would pave way for the opera­tionalisation of the plant to help improve solid waste management across the region.

He said the facility was a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the government and the Jospong Group.

He said the integrated recycling and compost plant facility would serve the purpose of receiving and sorting municipal solid waste from Wa and its neighbouring towns and communities in the Upper West Region.

He explained that the waste would be processed using a state-of-the-art processing machine to convert the organic component into compost.

He said other recyclables, such as plastics, metal scraps and others, would be extracted from the waste and reused as raw materials in the plastic and steel industries.

“The added benefits of the establishment of the facility in Kperisi community includes over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, healthy environment, improved health conditions of inhabitants, improved living conditions of the populace and reduction in air, wa­ter and land pollution,” he said.

He said the Wa Medical Waste Treatment Facility was one of the 14 centralised medical waste treat­ment facilities being established by the Jospon Group of Companies in collaboration with the Govern­ment of Ghana.

He said the centralised medical waste treatment facility would serve a purpose of collecting and treating hazardous components of healthcare waste which includes used syringes, bloodstained materi­als, pathological waste, COVID-19 waste and waste from vaccination exercises.

The Vice President said the facil­ity has a cold room for waste stor­age and specialised waste trucks for transporting medical waste from the various healthcare facilities to the treatment site.

He said the government was committed to addressing the men­ace to transform Ghana into one of the cleanest countries in Africa.

The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, said finding solutions to waste challenges in the society demands collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in the various regions.

He said he was happy that the facility, apart from keeping the environment clean, would also provide jobs for the youth in the Upper West Region.

 FROM RAFIA ABDUL RAZAK WA

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