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1 household, 1 bin will solve sanitation problem – Zoomlion Boss

The Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana limited says providing every household with litter bins solve Ghana’s waste challenge.

This, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, said has become necessary because improper waste storage continues to hinder the progress of work done by waste contractors.

“When the waste is not stored in a waste bin for collection by the waste contractor, then we are rest assured that it might end up at unauthorized places, hence the urgent need to ensure that households have waste bins."

He also wants the sanitation regulations enforced to change attitudes for effective waste management.

Speaking in Accra Tuesday At a stakeholders’ forum on Sanitation organized by IMANI Africa in Accra Tuesaday, Mr Agyepong noted that Zoomlion’s intervention by desilting the Odaw drains averted a possible flood situation last year.

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“Despite not being paid for our desilting works on the Odaw drains, Zoomlion was still committed to desilting the Odaw drains to save lives and properties which has been a phenomenon anytime we experienced a heavy downpour,” he added.

He listed the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant, waste transfer stations, plastics recycling, medical waste treatment and solving Ghana’s 100 years’ problem of discharging waste into the sea by providing a faecal treatment plant as some innovations introduced by Zoomlion to solve Ghana’s waste challenge.

He added that Zoomlion has provided many of the facilities needed to manage the country's waste as prescribed by the sanitation policy to prove that the private sector has the capacity to deal with sanitation.

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda in his presentation hinted of plans to deploy sanitation brigades to enforce sanitation laws and help shape attitudes towards the environment.

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Mr Adda admitted that environmental service providers have the capacity but required government support to consolidate their efforts to effectively manage waste.

The Mayor of Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who also spoke as a panellist revealed that, the polluter-payment system should work and allow those who create the waste to pay a fee to enable effective collection.

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