A one million-waste bin project has been launched in Accra, as the move to rid the country of filth receives a major boost.
The project aims at distributing one million waste bins to households and businesses in all cities and communities across the country to reduce indiscriminate littering and promote good health practices.
Get Digital Versions of Graphic Publications by downloading Graphic NewsPlus Here. Also available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store Among other things, the initiative will also take education on proper waste management to the doorstep of people.
Ecobank Ghana Limited is the financier of the $10 million project, with Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR) Ghana Limited and the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) as the collaborators.
The waste bins, which are being produced by UPPR Ghana Limited, are fitted with Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags that allow waste management companies to closely monitor and track the clearing of waste by its workers.
For instance, the waste management companies are able to track how often waste bins get full and how regularly they are emptied.
The RFID system is to prevent the situation where waste bins overspill and pollute the environment.
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Present at the launch of the two initiatives were the Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Michael Yaw Gyato; the President of the ESPA, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong; the Executive Secretary of ESPA, Mrs Ama Ofori Antwi; and the Managing Director of Ecobank, Mr Dan Sackey.
It was also attended by Members of Parliament (MPs), metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDCEs), and civil society organisations (CSOs). Good initiative Mr Gyato, who launched the project on behalf of the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said the project was a major boost to the government’s agenda to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa.He said although the water sector had received massive investment from development partners, the same could not be said about the sanitation sector.“We urge other financial institutions and corporate institutions to follow this good example and invest in the sanitation sector because the best way to solve our health problems is to address the problem of sanitation,” he said.The Deputy Minister […]