Zoomlion Ghana Limited is set to take waste collection and management to a new level with introduction of digitized bins to households.
The new bins would be fitted with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) stickers to pinpoint their exact location and identification to ensure they are lifted every day.
The Executive Chairman of Zoomlion, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, disclosed this in a speech he delivered at the launch of new waste management trucks at the Independence Square last Friday.
This, he said, forms part of future plans to distribute one million bins, which would go a long way to solving the waste challenge of the country.
Dr. Siaw Agyapong noted that the innovation is in line with government’s digitisation efforts and stressed that teams from Zoomlion and the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences are working to find culturally acceptable solutions for waste to energy systems.
He averred that responses to the country’s waste management challenges cannot ignore the research efforts of academia and added that search for local solutions has not blinded Zoomlion to the global landscape.
“We have endeavoured to increase our capacity in line with technological advancement and best management practices in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in Africa.”
“We have sent our staff for training in relevant institutions abroad and indeed, some of our staff have been trained up to the doctoral level in disciplines relevant to the general area of waste management.”
This, he said, is to contribute to the critical mass of human resource that Ghana needs to handle future waste management challenges.
According to him, the company has signed MoUs on research with world-class universities such as Harvard University in the US, University of Ghana and Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Siaw Agyapong indicated that what Zoomlion has been doing since its formation in 2006 falls in line with the President Akufo-Addo’s vision and that the company has over the years proven its capacity to handle waste in the country with the level of expertise of any international company.
He said, “We have developed a robust research and development system with remarkable capacity to customise and innovate based on our indigenous knowledge.”
He stated that the major achievements of Zoomlion over the years include creating 200,000 jobs through various modules under the private-public partnership arrangements.
Zoomlion, he said, has also provided integrated waste management solutions namely waste collection, haulage, transfer, treatment – recycling plastic and composting and medical waste treatment.
He argued that facilities such as the Accra Compost Plant, Plastic Recycling Plants, Waste Bin Manufacturing Facility, Faecal Waste Treatment Facilities (which resolved the 100 year old Lavender Hill menace), an E-waste processing plant which is 90 percent complete, 2 big transfer stations at Teshie and Achimota and mobile transfer stations have changed the face of waste management in Ghana.
According to him, as part of extensive research, innovation and development ambition, Zoomlion has visited and witnessed the operations and best management practices in several countries including Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, Denmark, China and South Africa among many others and stressed that the launch of the new batch of state-of-the-art trucks for waste management is to augment the existing fleet and resource the newly-created MMDAs.
The current fleet, he said, is made of 500 new skip trucks with requisite number of containers for efficient and effective operations in the country. He said, “This is part of our expanding strategy to meet the needs of our growing population and rapid urbanization.”
“Our strategies evolve with our changing needs and in this respect, we require the support and collaboration of all citizens and stakeholders.”
Zoomlion Ghana Limited, he said, fully supports the vision of President Nana Akufo-Addo, not only to make Accra a clean city but also create jobs and promote the private sector.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org