Government denies owing waste management companies

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has denied claims that it owes waste management contractors an amount of GH¢16 million.

The waste management contractors have accused the ministry of not making due payment of the said amount for treating garbage brought to the Compost plant for treatment.

The Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) on Tuesday threatened to close the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant if government does not settle the amount by May 19, 2014.

Business Development Manager of the Plant, Michael Tuwor noted that since the inception of the Plant more than two years ago, the Ministry of Local Government has not fulfilled its part of the contract signed.

But sector Minister, Akwasi Oppong Ofosu told Joy News the Ministry does not owe the waste management companies.  

Meanwhile, operations at the Kpone Landfill site have resumed, following the restoration of electricity to power the electronic weighing machine at the site.

Scores of waste collection trucks were stuck at the site Tuesday, as a result of the frequent power outages, making it difficult to offload garbage since the electronic weighing machine used in clearing the trucks was ineffective as a result of a power outage.

But Joy News’ Michaela Anderson reports from Kpone Wednesday, that power has been restored to the site, adding that majority of the trucks had cleared their load as at midday.

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