THE general waste menace worldwide, continues to pose problems for policy makers and indeed calls for effective and efficient mechanisms to combat it in view of the health hazards it portends
It is said necessity is the mother of invention and since the waste menace is neither going to die soon nor abating, it requires the combined efforts of both the state and the private sector to confront it head-on.
Happily, throughout the world, countries continue to adopt innovative ways of turning waste into wealth. Available statistics indicate that over $12 billion is generated from recycled plastics alone; out of which Germany alone controls nearly 50 per cent of this huge revenue as a result of investment made by that country in that sector.
From these recycling mechanisms, plastic waste is used for floor tiles and glass blocks. The implications are that apart from the value addition, recycled plastic waste offers employment opportunities and also helps in the housing sectors of countries that have adopted this innovative, scientific approach of adding value to something that continues to be a nuisance in various parts of the world.
Given the unemployment situation in the country, it is imperative that we embrace some of these innovative approaches to fighting or confronting plastic waste in particular and the general waste menace in general.
In so doing, the volumes of waste that flow into the ocean and other water bodies, thereby destroying aquatic food and life will be a thing of the past and the waste would be turned into profitable use.
It is against this background that the EcoWatch salutes Zoomlion Ghana Limited for breaking new grounds in the plastic waste
The commissioning of a 400-tonne facility that employs the most modern technology to recycle organic plastic and other waste into usable raw materials to feed the agricultural and other industries is, therefore, not only timely, well-intentioned but indeed a laudable initiative.
Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong disclosed at the ceremony that the plant had been designed as a multi-purpose facility with the capacity to process plastics into pallets and discover other materials such as paper, electronic waste, among others.
What is even more refreshing is the pronouncement by Dr Agyepong to the effect that “the plant has been sited in a waste enclave which would serve as the Accra Waste Recovery Park (AWRP).
We of EcoWatch are optimistic that the latest initiative by Zoomlion Ghana Limited which goes to add to the company’s plethora of laudable investments in the waste management sector designed to turn waste into wealth and rid the country of filth, would be embraced by all Ghanaians.
The least the citizenry can do is to help embark on a sensitisation plan of educating Ghanaians on attitudinal change and help engage in waste segregation at the household level, by separating plastics from other forms of waste we generate daily.
The introduction of the latest technology that would also offer employment to over 500 people and rid the city of Accra of filth is a feather in the cap of the Jospong conglomerate and EcoWatch salutes Dr Agyepong for his untiring efforts at ensuring a clean, healthy and prosperous Ghana.
The investments in the sector so far have been thought-provoking, encouraging, beneficial and indeed Zoomlion can pride itself as a pace-setter in that area.
We of EcoWatch, therefore, salute Dr Siaw Agyepong for revolutionising the waste management sector of the national economy. It has been a complete transformation.
Bravo, Dr Agyepong!