By Benjamin Adamafio Commey, GNA
Accra, Aug. 8,
GNA - Patrons of public transport will very soon have an easy means of waste
disposal as plans are underway to have fixed litter drop bags in all intra and
inter-city passenger vehicles.
This is to
improve on sanitation situations within commercial vehicles and around the
country, and enhance the quality of air in them.
It is also to
ensure proper management of waste in vehicles, particularly in the public
dubbed “Clean Car Clean City” (4C) is an initiative of Gorsel SNT Company
limited with support from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and
the Ministry of Transport.
News conference in Accra on Wednesday on the project, Mr Kwame Ekpe, the Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of Gorsel SNT Company Limited said the drop bags to be
deployed would be available in different forms and sizes in order to take care
of all situations possible according to the interior design of the vehicles.
He said there
would be an exchange point set up at vantage areas, which would have a
collapsible pre collection bins to ensure that bags were received and replaced
with refresh bags.
This, he said
would ensure a total capture and control litter delivered and received in order
to reduce occupant’s exposure to waste,
limit waste transfer into city centres.
“There will be
deployment of ‘litter marshalls’. These are trained and appropriately equipped
attendants who will man the ‘xchange points’ to ensure prompt replacement of laden
Mr Ekpe said
the project had already been piloted, adding that plans were in advanced stage
to roll out the full programme.
2018 and 2019 we piloted the project with some intra-city and inter-city buses.
We were only able to pilot the level one which was the fixing of the bags in
the vehicles”, he said.
He urged the
various transport unions to make the sanitation of their drivers a priority by
ensuring that they get these litter bags fixed in their vehicles.
Mr Ekpe also
appealed to corporate Ghana to support the project in any form in order to
ensure its success.