Israel to partner Ghana in waste management

Mr Mohkles Bustmi (right), chief operations officer of Jospong group, briefing Mr  Mehl and his  delegation, while Dr Amponsah (left) looks on.

Mr Mohkles Bustmi (right), chief operations officer of Jospong group, briefing Mr Mehl and his
delegation, while Dr Amponsah (left) looks on.

The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl, has expressed Israeli companies’ interest to invest in Ghana.

He explained that Ghana had a lot of potentials, and companies in Israel were willing to invest in the country especially in the environment sector.

Ambassador Ami Mehl observed that environmental sanitation continued to be a major problem for many countries including Ghana.

He, however, commended Ghana for identifying the problem and instituting innovative measures at solving it.

The Ambassador was speaking to the media after a familiarisation tour of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant(ACARP).

The ambassador who was in the company of his wife and other dignitaries from the Israel Embassy, was conducted round the facility to get first hand knowledge on the operations of the company.

The visit to the compost and recycling plant also afforded the ambassador and his entourage the opportunity to understand the contribution of ACARP to the overall waste management process in selected MMDAs in the Greater Accra Region.

ACARP has been recycling and processing wastes from the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA), Ga South, Ga Central, Ga West, Ga East, La Dade-Kotopon, Ledzokuku-Krowor, Adenta, and Akuapim South (Eastern Region) over the past three years of its inception.

Construction works are also far advanced on a state-of-the-art faecal waste treatment which is expected to be commissioned by end of 2015.

The faecal waste plant when completed, according to the managing director of ACARP, Dr. Richard Amponsah, would receive over 1,000m3 (100 trucks) liquid waste from various MMDAs which would have otherwise be discharged directly into the sea.

The strategic project will assist in addressing sanitary related diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, etc.

According to the managing director the faecal waste plant project was expected to generate about 200 additional jobs.

He also revealed that the company’s plans of producing waste bins and recreational furniture from the recovered plastics from the waste stream of the municipal solid waste received at the site.

Dr. Amponsah said “a country is said to be developed when it has the capacity to manage its waste”.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to support by establishing waste treatment plants across the country.

The Israeli Ambassador, Ami Mehl, appreciated the innovation with which the company was managing waste in the capital.

He explained that Israel had state of the art technology and was prepared to engage companies such as ACARP in technology transfer.

He explained that the situation in Ghana was not as bad as was being painted; saying that with the appropriate technology and right investments waste management challenges would be a thing of the past.

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