Jekora Ventures Limited (JVL) has won the global SEED 2021 Low Carbon Award for its Briquette and Compost Production at the JVL-YKMA Recycling Plant.
The company was recognised for converting source-separated food waste from local markets, faecal sludge from public and private toilets, wood waste, and rice husk from the mills to produce compost and briquette as soil amendment and low-cost alternative fuel wood respectively for food, energy and cleaner environment.
The facility, which is an innovative Public-Private Partnership between JVL and the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly, processes up to 1,800 tonnes of organic solid waste and up to 5,000 cubic meters of faecal sludge to produce up to 200 tonnes of compost and up to 1,000 tonnes of low-cost fuel briquettes annually.
In an interview with the Daily Statesman, the Chief Executive of the company, Immanuel Nartey-Tokoli, noted that the move is geared towards contributing to better waste management and sanitation in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.
It is also to support landfill lifetime, raise awareness on waste segregation at source, provide waste-to-income to local communities as well as reduce high dependence on wood and charcoal to put a stop to their negative impact on forest resources.
He further said that the plant is a promising model to radically transform waste management from a public service into a green commercial enterprise, producing goods and delivering services under regulation by economic market forces.
The JVL-YKMA Recycling Plant enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) led the CapVal project under which this Public-Private Partnership was established. The business model applies a concept developed by IWMI and partners from years of scientific research. IWMI’s main role is to provide technical support through scientific research.
Additionally, JVL won three awards at the third edition of the Health Environment Safety & Security (HESS) Award.
The company was honoured with the Most Environmentally Friendly Waste Management Company, Waste Management Innovation Award and Best Company in Environmental Protection Company.
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies.
South Africa and Uganda joined Ghana through JVL to supersede over 1,000 applicants to win this year’s prestigious SEED 2021 Low Carbon Award.
SEED was founded as part of a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
By winning this award JVL has gained international recognition for innovating eco-friendly business models for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable products and services.
Jekora Ventures Ltd. (JVL) is a wholly owned Ghanaian private waste management company, delivering services in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA) under Public Private Partnership Franchise Agreements.
Its services include solid waste collection services for both residential and commercial facilities, recycling services and compost production. Its residential services are available in the form of door-to-door pick-up, as well as the pickup of communal containers. Commercial services are also available as door-to-door pick-up. The total area covered by Solid Waste Collection operations is approximately 20km square while we handle about 12,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste a month.
For its organic, plastic and paper waste recycling, the company is currently available to its commercial clients on a pilot basis. Green, blue and brown 240 litre bins are provided to hold this waste for organic, plastic and paper waste recycling respectively.
The JV Compost is a purely organic soil conditioner made from locally composted food waste by Jekora Ventures. It is all natural, processed based on local scientific research and helps keep the environment green.