Separate your waste to enjoy free waste collection - AMA to basic schools in Accra 

17.Mar.2023

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has called on Heads of Basic Public Schools in the city to develop strategies to separate plastic waste from other solid wastes to enjoy a new free collection service under the new franchise with waste contractors.  

According to the Assembly, the new collection service forms part of the conditions to be met by accredited waste management companies operating within the AMA's jurisdiction under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

Head of Waste Management at the AMA, Mr Solomon Noi who made the call yesterday at a stakeholder consultative meeting held at the Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Kaneshie, to introduce accredited waste contractors to residents of Okaikoi South emphasised that the new service would be on "pro bono basis" to the benefit of the communities.  

"Under the new franchise, the service providers have a Corporate Social Responsibility to offer free collection service to all public basic schools separating plastic waste from organics within their operational area. This will help the companies supplement their operational cost by selling these plastics for recycling purposes," he said. 

He added that the schools stand the chance to benefit from the new service only if they separate the plastics from the solid waste they generate in the school adding that the initiative was to reduce the burden of waste collection in the basic schools and inculcate in the children the need to segregate waste. 

He also disclosed that J Stanley Owusu and Asadu Royal were companies selected to provide waste management services to residents within the Okaikoi South Sub Metro adding that the two were selected based on their operational capacity and staff strength, fleet of vehicles and logistics. 

He mentioned that under the new agreement, residents would have the opportunity to assess the contractors quarterly to be evaluated through a scorecard.

He used the opportunity to inform residents that the waste management companies were obliged to collect waste from households once a week hinting that households could have a “gentleman’s agreement with the companies to increase their service days.  

Mr Noi also urged the Assemblymen and Unit Committee members to support the companies to register residents in their electoral areas to avoid prosecution by environmental health officers stressing, "Every household must endeavour to register separately for the collection of waste by accredited waste management service providers." 

Present at the meeting were the Chairman of the Okaikoi Sub Metro South Hon. Mike Adu, the Waste Management Director of the AMA Engineer Solomon Noi, a representative of the Chief Imam’s office, assembly members and some residents from the sub-metropolitan district.