The re-engineering of the Kpone Landfill site into a recreational centre is more than 90% complete.
According to the project manager for Jospong Group, Ing Kwadwo Osei, the project will be completed on schedule.
This was made known when the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah paid a working visit to the Kpone Landfill site on Tuesday 24 May 2023.
The visit was to inspect on-going works on the decommissioning and re-engineering of the 35 hector landfill site.
“The project is expected to be completed by August 2023,” Ign Osei said.
Dapaah was impressed with the progress of work so far and urged the consultant to meet the project schedule.
“The ministry will do its part to ensure maintenance of the facility,” she said.
She urged the general public to be responsible and stop indiscriminate disposal of waste, adding that the ministry has a zero tolerance policy for landfills.
“We do not have any excuse to be creating landfills, creating mess and dumbing indiscriminately,” she said.
Ign Osei said that they have moved over a million cubic of waste from the site for effective drainage and landscaping.
They have also drilled gas wells to vent or flare the gas depending on the cubic volumes that will be emanating from the field.
“What is left to be done is the completion of access roads and culverts for effective drainage as well as improving on the green vegetation for the site,” he said.
Work on the Kpone landfill site which started eight years ago, with the initial intention to process waste generated by the then Tema metropolis (now sub-divided into Tema Metro and Kpone Municipality) was receiving much more waste than was expected and thus escalated into an unpleasant situation that needed urgent response.
Dapaah upon her visit to the site, and assessing the difficulties that the community had had to face in dealing with smoke, fire and the leakage of poisonous liquid and polluted air into their water bodies from the site, pushed for the award of the contract to be re-engineered and de-commission the Kpone aanitary landfill site to help overturn the problems the community had to endure.
The contract was eventually awarded to Zoomlion Ghana (a Ghanaian-based company) and work commenced on 1 June 2020.
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