ACCRA, The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has commissioned its Zoompak Achimota Waste Transfer Station to assist in the transfer of the about 3,000 tonnes of waste generated daily in the capital from collection points to their final deposit sites.

The 7.5 million US dollar project, a private sector initiative between Zoomlion Company Limited, the leading Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery and sanitation equipment, and the Compak Group, is the first of its kind in Africa.

Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, the President of the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) of Ghana, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana, stated that with the facility, the Greater Accra Region now had the full complement of waste management infrastructure to manage waste effectively.

At present, the capital city had about 50 contractors and 800 informal waste contractors, who struggled with transporting waste to the various landfill and treatment sites and he was optimistic that the Waste Transfer Station would ease the associated difficulties of waste transport.

He urged the government to ensure compliance with sanitation regulations to make the effort to rid Accra of filth a concerted one.

Accra Mayor Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah said the commissioning of the facility was timely as the metropolitan assembly, in tune with the President’s vision, was surging with plans to make the capital the cleanest in Africa.

He said the AMA had developed a number of headline actions to be embarked on to set the stage for the effective pursuit of the Clean Accra agenda, at the top of which was aggressive waste prevention or reduction.