The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has officially closed down the Korle Lagoon Ecological Restoration Project (KLERP) illegal dump site located along the Korle-Bu Mortuary Road.
This is part of measures the AMA is embarking on to control and check rising illegal dump sites within the metropolis. The other illegal sites yet to be shut include Glefe, Okponglo (Behind the Ghana Revenue Offices), Mallam, and Tunga.
This was officially announced by Mr. Anthony Mensah, the Head of Waste Management at the AMA at a news conference at the KLERP site in Accra on Wednesday 24th May, 2017. He warned that waste collectors who failed to comply with the directive would face the full rigours of the law.
He said KLERP site, after the June 3, 2015 flood and fire disaster in Accra, was used as a temporal disaster waste holding point and disposal site for waste collected from the Odaw drains and later transferred to landfill sites.
Mr. Anthony Mensah stated that, a group of unauthorised persons opened the KLERP site for use as an illegal dumpsite, mostly patronised by informal waste collectors, who used motorised tricycles in their activities at a fee.
Mr. Mensah revealed that the AMA had never authorised nor benefitted in any way from the illegal dumpsites, adding that; “It is enlightening to indicate that the AMA had previously in 2016 disbursed huge funds to close down a similar illegal dumpsite near the ICGC.”
The operators of the tricycle and other non-conventional waste collectors have been given ultimatum of one week from May 24 to May 31, 2017 to stop dumping refuse at the KLERP site.
They have been directed to haul their refuse to transfer stations at Kokomlemle Mini Transfer Station, TIDYUP Mini Transfer Station at Gbawe and the Achimota Transfer Station.
The Greater Accra Regional Operations Commander of Police, Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori also pledged the support of the Police Service to support the AMA to clear all unapproved dumpsites within the Accra Metropolis.