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Govt must pay GH¢16m debt to end Accra’s rising filth – ESPA

Source: Ghana | Radioxyzonline.com
Waste collectors in the country say the solid waste management in the country is worsening because of the government’s failure to pay a debt of Gh¢ 16 million cedis owed to the waste management companies.

A statement by the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) is demanding government pays the debt which has been outstanding since 2012.

The statement read “currently, the Kpone Landfill Site, the only engineered landfill in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), is operating under capacity largely due to the rising indebtedness by the government, now about GHc4 million to the operator. We wish to state that the money has been outstanding since 2012”.

“Similarly, the Accra Compost Plant, which has the capacity to recycle about 900 tonnes of garbage daily, is also operating under capacity due to its current financial difficulties arising out of the government’s indebtedness to it. The government has not paid its due since July, 2012”, the ESPA statement said.

The statement assured that the timely payment of the debt would “breathe life into the operations of the landfills/compost plants, and help better deal with the growing waste management challenges in the country”.

Ghana’s waste management system heavily relies on contracted private waste collectors to dispose off waste on behalf of the local government.