An ultra-modern mini solid waste transfer station aimed at improving the insanitary conditions within the metropolis has been commissioned last Monday at Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra.
The new waste station, born out of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Waste Landfills Company Limited, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana, was expected to improve efficiency in waste collection systems within the capital.
It also sought to assist in the transportation of waste from point of collection to distant remote landfills or Waste to Energy (WTE) facilities.
Furthermore, the station, constructed by Waste Landfills at a cost of GH’300,000 and located near the Britannia Hotel, Kokomlemle, was intended to minimize the rate of disease outbreak such as cholera within Accra.
General Manager of Waste Landfills Company Limited, Peter Kwei Dagadu indicated that the project was among other things, aimed at reducing the number of mini vehicles going to landfill sites.
He said the mini station was targeted at tricycles, push carts, motor kings and mini waste vehicles users.
According to him, the Kokomlemle Britannia Mini Waste Transfer Station would go a long way to curb the insanitary situation within Accra that had led to the outbreak of the cholera pandemic that claimed the lives of so many Ghanaians last year due to uncollected waste.
Commissioning the plant, the Mayor of Accra and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Alfred Oko Vanderpujie said the mini station was to provide a place where ‘borla taxi’ operators within the city can dump their refuse at a fee.
He said AMA shall continue to collaborate with the business community to ensure that the project was replicated in other parts of the city, hinting that the Assembly was in the process of constructing four or five more of such stations.
Commenting on the poor sanitary situation in the country, he observed the need for all Ghanaians to take responsibility in managing sanitation within their communities.