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General News of Monday, 15 July 2019


Government to provide more litter bins to tackle sanitation - Sanitation Minister

Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah has revealed that government will provide every household in the country a waste bin each under the ‘’One Household-One Bin” Project’ to eradicate indiscriminate littering and keep the country clean.

She said places such as Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius and Kigali were once bedevilled with filth but are most adored and clean today due to practical strategies which is one reason why he believes in the President’s vision.

Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah said in order not for the refuse to go into the gutters, choke the gutters and cause disasters in our country there is the need for concerted efforts by especially the MMDA/MMDCEs to ensure that the bin distribution is successful and that people use them for the purpose for which they were distributed.

“There have been indiscriminate littering in the country and a lot of the households have challenges acquiring the proper storage facility for their solid waste. The Ministry has come up basically to help reduce indiscriminate littering and ensuring that households have an adequate solid waste storage facility,” Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah exclusively told Kwame Tutu on Anopa Nkomo on Accra based Kingdom FM 107.7

To prolong the useful life span of the bins, the Minister said specific officers from the various assemblies would be assigned to clean and maintain the bins by private service providers.

She urged the MMDAs to intensify supervision and monitoring roles on private waste service providers contracted to collect refuse at city centres and other parts of the country to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, stated that the new bins to be distributed would augment existing ones in the various metropolitan, municipal and district across the country to deal with public littering.

She said it would be stationed at public places and institutions for proper garbage keeping and enables efficient collection and evacuation of waste.