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Decongection Exercise reduces waste collected from Accra by 30%

February 26, 2018

The ongoing efforts  by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to decongest the city and prevent  trading activities on the city’s streets and pedestrian walkways  has reduced  waste collection from the Central Business District by 30 percent.

The exercise,  according to the Mr. Gilbert Nii  Ankrah,  Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, has also reduced the cost of collection and resources used  with pedestrians moving without  wrestling through hawkers and traders  to get to their destination.

Speaking in an interview with journalists  on Monday after the  presention of 300 Waste bins to 15 public senior high school in the metropolis to kick start waste segregation programme for Senior High Schools (SHS) , he said the  assembly is  collecting less than a third of what it use to collect before the exercise began on the 8th of January 2018.

He said the assembly as  part of efforts to actualise the clean city agenda, and  make  the Presidents vison of making Accra the cleanest a reality had adopted a four-pronged approach, which focuses on education, enforcement, provision of infrastructure and equipment, and operational strategy.

”Since the decongestion exercise began, the volume of waste  we collect in the central business district has reduced by 30%. This is because previously we  use three compaction trucks with a capacity of 8.2 tonnes each to lift the  waste   from the Tudu traffic light to kwasia Dzwasu,  but now only one  truck is used for the same stretch, ” he said.

” We were using  two compactor trucks for the King Tackie Tawiah statue area  through 31st December to the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), and  the  Railways area to the  Rawlings park area  but now only one truck is used ,  on the same stretch… This means that Waste generated on that stretch has also reduced by half ,” he added .

He said the volumes collected around the Adjaben area from Farisco to NIB, has also reduced by five tonnes compared to the initial volume of ten tonnes  on the same stretch adding that traders who sell along the pavements contribute largely to the waste generated in the city .

“The intense trading activities on the city streets lead to congestion and consequently waste generation that create filth…If we have over three thousand people selling on the streets illegally, with each of them generating about 0.74kg  of waste , you can imagine the quantity of waste to be generated daily,” he stressed.

He indicated that the AMA has outsourced waste management and waste collection to private companies and urged all residents to look out for these companies and  register with them.

“Jekora Ventures and Asadu Royal Waste Company Limited  have been assigned to Osu Klottey and Ablekuma North, respectively whiles Liberty Waste is responsible for the waste in Dansoman.

” The Okaikoi South area  , Ayawasu West, and the Abossey Okai enclave have all  been assigned to J Stan Owusu and  Zoom Domestic Services Limited,” he said adding that   Alliance  Waste is expected to  collect waste arond the  Nima and Abeka areas.

He announced that the assembly would soon roll out a programme to streamline and regulate the activities of motorised tricycles in the collection of  waste in the city.

“We want them to be law-abiding citizens and stop dumping waste at unauthorised areas in the capital,” he said, adding that because they are unable to transport the waste to longer distances they resort to dumping anywhere. We are currently introducing waste collections points and waste mobile transfer stations for easy dumping of waste in the city,” he said .

He called on all traders and the general public to support efforts by the assembly  to  rid the city of filth to ensure th at the President’s dream of making Accra the cleanest

Source: AMA ( PR Unit)

Last modified: February 26, 2018

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