The Accra Metropolitan Assembly(AMA), has registered about 460 households refuse collectors, popularly known as “ Borla Taxis”, using the tricycles as part of measures to monitor their operations in Accra.
Mr Abraham Afful, a Registration Officer of the AMA, who made this known to the Ghana News Agency, said the exercise, which was being undertaken by the AMA was in the interest of the collectors themselves and the public.
He said the ongoing exercise would ensure that residents in the Metropolis identified the tricycles by their stickers before giving the refuse to them to dump at the appropriate places.
He also warned the public not to give their refuse to the ‘’Junkies” or the tricycles without the stickers displayed on their machines.
He said the measures had become necessary because most of the collectors operating had no permits and licenses to ride the tricycles, hence the need to register them and also find ways of improving sanitation of the environment by giving them stickers to enhance the health of the city populations.
Mr Afful urged the residents in the Metropolis to change their attitudes to ensure good health and to save the AMA from spending so much money to control waste.
Mr Kwame Frimpong, President of the Borla Taxis and Tricycles Association (BTTA), welcomed the issuance of refuse collectors’ stickers to flush out the fake ones among them.
He said since their Association was charge to protect the interest of refuse collectors, he would ensure that their illegal activities and that of the junkies were discouraged.
Miss Lydia Bamfo, Vice-President of the Association, also called on the AMA to undertake a public health education for their members to enable them be abreast with trends in the health sector and be active to their responsibilities.
‘’There was the need for a comprehensive policy on Borla Taxis, location of every member in Accra and the formation of a task force by the Association, so that they would not abuse the system,’’ She said.
She said it was obligatory for everyone using tricycles in Accra to register and be tag with an AMA sticker to ensure their compliance, to remedy the current unhealthy practices associated with indiscriminately dumping of refuse everywhere in Accra.