By Rashid Mbugri, GNA
13, GNA - Mrs Betty Brown Nyadu, the General Manager of the Integrated
Recycling and Compost Plant Limited (IRECOP), said the company would establish
a waste recycling facility in the Northern Region to help in waste management.
noted, would help sustain the health and living conditions of residents as well
as create avenues for jobs.
Mrs Nyadu made
this known on Thursday during a visit to the Gbalahi Landfill Site in the
Sagnarigu Municipality by a joint Parliamentary Select Committee to assess the
area's waste, environmental and sanitation conditions.
included Environment, Science and Technology, Local Government and Rural
Development, and Works and Housing committees.
IRECOP is an
innovative project of Zoomlion Waste Company, established as part of efforts to
sustainably manage waste.
Landfill Site is the only site which receives about 350 metric tonnes of waste
each day from both the Tamale Metropolis and the Sagnerigu Municipality.
However, the site is poorly managed and poses health threats to residents in
Mrs Nyadu said
the facility, when established, would have the capacity of treating 400 tonnes
of waste per day into reusable outputs such as compost for agronomic purposes
as well as recovery of plastics and paper to serve the plastic and paper
She said a
similar facility had been established in the Greater Accra Region and that the
one to be built in the Northern Region had the potential of providing about 80
direct and 1,000 indirect jobs to help address unemployment.
Frimpong Yaw, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Adubia, and Chairman of
the Environment, Science and Technology Parliamentary Select Committee, made
reference to the recent fire outbreak at the Kpone Landfill Site in Accra and
said it was in the interest of the joint committee to inspect and assess the
waste management situation and come out with a comprehensive report on how to
effectively resource and manage waste in the country.
Vanderpuye, the MP for Odododiodio, who is also a Ranking Member of the Local
Government Select Committee, said the issues of waste management and sanitation
had gone beyond efforts of local communities and the assemblies, and that the
situation now needed the involvement of the Legislature to identify and provide
clear cut policies on how the country intended to sustainably manage waste in
both the short and long term plans.
Mr Solomon Buar,
the North East Regional Minister, who spoke on behalf of the Northern Regional
Minister, suggested that stakeholders needed to concentrate on establishing
recycling plants as a sustainable way of managing waste and the risks involved.
Mrs Mariama Iddrisu,
the Municipal Chief Executive for Sagnarigu, commended the joint committee for
making efforts to ascertain the waste management situation in the area and
assured them that the Municipality was ready to work together with relevant
organisations to resolve its waste management needs.