JVL-YKMA Recycling Plant

Compost and briquettes production for food, energy and cleaner environment
2021 SEED Low Carbon Award Winner Waste Management Akorley-Somanya, Ghana

The JVL-YKMA recycling plant set up is an innovative Public-Private Partnership between Jekora Ventures Ltd (JVL) and the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly (YKMA) that recycles source-separated foodwaste from the markets, faecal sludge from public and private toilets, woodwaste, and rice husk from the mills to produce compost and briquette as soil amendment and low cost alternative fuel wood respectively.

The plant operates on a self-financing circular economic business model. Which is easy to replicate, locally-led, and proven use of low-cost and appropriate technologies.

Eco-inclusive Impacts

JVL-YKMA recycling plant processes up to 1,800 tons of organic solid waste and up to 5,000 cubic meters of fecal sludge to produce up to 200 tonnes of compost and up to 1,000 tonnes of low-cost fuel briquettes annually.
Contributing to better waste management and sanitation in the Municipality, supporting landfill lifetime, raising awareness on waste segregation at source and waste-to-income to local communities, and reducing high dependence on wood and charcoal and their negative impact on forest resources.
  • Providing efficient sanitation services to residents of Yilo Krobo municipality 
  • Creating decent work and skills training at the plant and along the supply chain to improve livelihoods
  • Building capacity of farmers, students and young professionals on organic waste management and compost
  • Treating up to 300 tonnes of foodwaste and up to 5,000 m³ of faecal sludge annually
  • Reducing high dependence on wood and charcoal and the negative impact on forests
  • Utilising 1,500 tonnes of wood waste and rice husks for briquettes, which are traditionally burnt openly
  • Leading by example as a locally proven, circular economic model for future replication and expansion across the nation.
  • The aim is to remain a self-financing enterprise. Breakeven is estimated to occur within three (3) years after commencement of plant operation.


This 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.

Jekora Ventures Ltd, the managing partner of the facility is a trailblazer in waste valorisation interfacing academia and business to commercialize products of research through Public Private Partnerships for sustainable development; providing working capital and technical expertise.


Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly, the non-managing partner of the facility is a local governance entity ready and willing to share risk with the private sector to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable waste management solutions for local economic development.


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.


Training, Research and Networking for Development (TREND) is a partner of the CapVal project under which this public-private enterprise was established. TREND leads stakeholder engagement within the partnership.

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