Accra could soon be hit by a major waste management crisis following the shut down of operations by the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant.
The shut down follows a delay in releasing the funds that the company needs to run its operations. Government is being accused of delaying in paying the people who run the plant.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Business Development Manager at the Accra Compost Plant, Michael Padi Tuwor confirmed the closure of the plant.
”As we indicated last week of our plans to suspend operations should the situation not improve that much; yes,as at this morning [Monday] we’ve directed all the contractors that supply us the waste not to bring in the waste,” he stated.
Mr. Padi Tuwor further revealed that the company has asked over 100 staff to stay home until government pays them the money owed them. ”If the situation doesn’t improve any better the next 100 will also have to join.”
According to him, his outfit for over two years ran the compost plant with their own funds. He noted that the Local Government ministry is yet to respond to their demands.
He revealed that government owes the company about 23 million Ghana Cedis.
He said the facility had to be shut down because they cannot continue to run the business on loan. ”We had to be running the business since 2012 on loans and other source of high cost of funding which we cannot stretch ourselves to that limit,” he said.
On his part, Communications Director of Zoomlion, Robert Coleman said the current situation is ”rather unfortunate”.
According to him the refuse companies have no option. ”We have no other option than to migrate to the dump site at Kpone.”
He said, ”I have confirmation from a lot of drivers; about 45 of our trucks are not able to dump then what it means is that we cannot collect the refuse as we must do.”
Mr. Coleman opined that the closure of the Compost and Recycling Plant will affect waste collection from Tuesday. ”Certainly it is going to aggravate the whole situation; waste collection is going to grind to a halt because we cannot refuse and then send it another region to go and dump,” he added.
He said waste from Accra must be sent to the areas around Accra.
The plant treats and recycles waste generated in Accra and its environs.
By: Evans Effah/citifmonline.com/Ghana