Waste Mission to the Netherlands Lead by the Minister for Water and Sanitation


Waste Mission to the Netherlands Lead by the Minister for Water and Sanitation

Eighteen solid and liquid waste companies from Ghana are currently in the Netherlands on a Waste Mission, lead by Hon. Joseph Kofi Addah, the Minister for Water and Sanitation. The objective of the mission, which began on the 23rd of October is to exposes Ghanaian companies to Dutch technology and to challenge the Ghanaian delegation with regards to lessons that could be learned from the Dutch experience. The programme began at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in The Hague and brought together a cross section of Dutch Business owners in the Waste Sector in a meeting with the Ghanaian delegation. The programme kicked off with an overview of the Dutch water sector and doing business in the Netherlands. This was lead by Bert Keesman and Hans Breukelman who are representatives of the RVO/Rijkswaterstaat. Topics for discussion included laws, regulations and planning, stakeholders and their roles, landfills, waste to energy and recycling. 

Others topics such as Dutch waste management industry and specialization, international cooperation and business promotion were discussed using a number of instruments and programmes. It also included the role of the ministries, agencies, branch organizations and intermediates.

Site Visits

Apart from the presentations and meetings, there were also field visits. The first visit was to SITA Rotterdam, SUEZ recycling services. SITA is a 100% subsidiary of the international Suez group and they focus on waste collection and recycling. The Rotterdam facility treats 100,000 tons of packaging waste per year and is one of Europe’s most advanced and automated sorting plants.

There was also a visit on Tuesday to AVR Rotterdam. AVR operates two large waste to energy plants, the largest being in Rotterdam. The company developed from a public operator of basic incineration plants into a privately owned, integrated, international service provider, producing electricity, heat, CO2, metals and construction materials for an array of public and private clients. The visit was to take a tour through AVR’s historical achievements and future aspirations.

The third visit was to HVC Middenmeer/Medemblik. HVC is one of Holland’s largest public owned waste management companies. The company focuses on municipal waste and offers fully integrated services starting at city cleaning and collection and treating these waste in WtE, separation, digestion and composting and recycling plants. The delegation visited the digestion and composting facilities in Middenmeer. The presentations given described their state of art production of biogas and compost and highlight technology suppliers, GHG aspects, costs and their importance of regional cooperation and separate collection of household waste.

Another visit was to Afvalzorg Amsterdam Asssendelft. Afvalzorg is a publicly owned company with activities in the North West of the country. They concentrated on sustainable landfills operations including recycling options closely linked to landfill operations. Afvalzorg talked about the continuing important of landfills in a country’s basic SEM infrastructure. Other themes included leachate and landfill gas treatment, non-technical themes such as the importance of economy of scale, regional cooperation, stakeholder communication etc.

There was also a visit to Hyva Alphen aan de Rijn (TBC). Hyva is a global multinational company founded in the Netherlands in 1979. The company is committed to the development, production, marketing and distributions of components for the commercial vehicle industry. Hyva is an important player in the manufacturing and supply of compactors and waste collection units for the environmental service industry.

The final visit which was today, Friday the 27th, saw the delegation visiting AEB Amsterdam. AEB Amsterdam is operating one of the largest waste to Energy plans in the Netherlands. At this place, they delegate got the opportunity to discuss themes such as economy of scale and security of continuous waste collection with staff of the company.

Match Making Sessions

There were also opportunities for match making sessions where the delegation met with various sector players and government officials. There were information sessions on several financial programs for foreign investments and lessons were learnt from those who are actively doing business in the Ghana WASH sector and many others.

There were also opportunities for those who wanted to attend Recycling GO 2017, one of the biggest ongoing recycling events in the Netherlands. The mission ended today and most of the delegations are expected to return to Ghana tomorrow, the 28th of October. Companies that participated in the trade mission included Zoomlion, Catrol, Alliance Waste, Ashanti Waste, Waste landfills, Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association, Waste Landfills and Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) 

For more information about the Waste Mission or future missions, send an email to Barnabas: barnabas@gnbcc.net or Afke: afke@gnbcc.net or call 0302767825.

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