The Accra Compost And Recycling Plant (ACARP) today commissioned Phase II of the establishment. The facility is a waste-to-compost plant, which is a collaboration between the Zoomlion Ghana Ltd and the Bollegraff group at the cost of 20 million Euros.

The Phase II of the ACARP is expected to boost waste management by an additional 800 tons, and it considered the biggest waste treatment facility with the daily capacity of 1400 tons.

The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was the special guest of honor at the event, which attracted many stakeholders with interest in sanitation, including the Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Minister of Rural Development, Greater-Accra Regional Minister, amongst other dignitaries.

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H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo

Facility overview

As a result of increased urbanization, there is the need to meet the increased demand by expanding the current facility of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant with the establishment of the Phase II project.

The new phase of the project helps expand the waste management capacity of the plant from 600 tons to 1400 tons a day, which is a relief to the sanitation problems within the region.

accra compost and recycling plant

The Phase II facility is a state-of-the-art treatment plant at Adjen Kotoku in the Greater-Accra region, which helps increase the existing capacity of the plant by an additional 800 tons daily.

The facility will also house research laboratories, which will be dedicated to research into the effective and e-friendly management of waste in the region.

It is intended to continue to provide a sustainable solution for managing liquid waste within Accra and its environs in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, using a comprehensive European treatment technology.

The Phase II of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant will also be able to provide MMDAs within the region and catchment areas a safer alternative to dumpsites. By doing so, the facility will be able to meet increased demand for compost and other recycled materials as well.

About 300 new workforce will be employed by the expanded facility in addition to the 150 employees.

Vision for waste management

In a speech at the commissioning, the Executive Chairman of the JOSPONG Group of Companies (JGC), Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, said the vision of the company was to collaborate with the government to manage and rid the country of filth.

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Mr Siaw Agyepong

He said to achieve that, the JGC has rolled out e-waste projects across all of the country’s 16 regions, and also begun works on 14 medical waste disposal plants. He estimates that all the projects will be completed by the end of 2022.

He also added that the expansion will go to support the 1 District 1 Factory project by helping safely manage the waste from all the factories in all the districts.

Mr Agyepong commended the people of Adjen Kotoku for offering the land towards the realization of the dream. He ended by thanking the President and the government for its support.

All these he hopes will work in line with making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by the end of 2024.

SDGs and Climate change

The Deputy Ambassador for the Kingdom of Netherlands congratulated the JGC and Zoomlion Ltd for their hard work and dedication towards the environment through building friendly waste management systems.

She added that the Netherlands invested 5 million Euros into the expansion with the potential of increasing to 117 million Ghana Cedis to replicate in all regions across the country if all goes well.

The Kingdom of Netherlands’ goal is to continue to support causes and projects that drive the nation and the world towards achieving the SDGs and combatting climate change.

Tackling sanitation

The project goes with the need to tackle the sanitation issue faced by MMDAs within the regions. The JGC was commended for its efforts in helping the local authorities find a lasting solution to sanitation and the establishment illicit dumpsites.

Private partnership

Officially commissioning the plant, the President Akufo-Addo said the plant marked a historic milestone in dealing with waste management in Greater Accra.

He lauded the JOSPONG Group for working with the government as a private partner in tackling the sanitation situation of the country under its Integrated Liquid and Recycling plant projects in all the 16 regions of Ghana.

He further went to highlight the government’s willingness to work with private firms and companies to push the agenda of sanitation and unemployment in the country. He hopes to have more private firms come in to provide infrastructure of different sanitation issues within the country.


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