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OneGhana Movement Launches Dustbin Project

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OneGhana Movement, a Not-for-Profit organization has launched a dustbin project as part of efforts to effectively manage waste and beautify Accra dubbed, “Adopt-A-Bin.”

Available records from the city authority, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) indicated that out of the over 2,500 tons of waste generated daily, only 1,125 tons representing 45 percent is collected. The remaining 55 per cent, mainly plastics, remain in the system. Arithmetically, about 501,875 tons of plastics are produced annually. Where do they go?

It is against this background that the OneGhana Movement launched “Adopt-A-Bin” campaign under the Right Way Initiative to drive the nation behind it­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­─ by impacting and adjusting the attitudes of citizens to seek to do things right and in the interest of Ghana.

But beyond the rhetoric, the Movement is poised to change the narrative by placing dustbins at strategic locations in parts of the city to stop littering.

Taking the bull by the horn, OneGhana Movement in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has deployed 40 bins to certain locations on the Independence Avenue from Ako-Adjei Interchange to Ridge Roundabout, Castle Road coming to State House and Ministries Traffic Light to the Stadium Traffic Light.

As part of the pilot project, 21 points have been earmarked for these locations for the distribution of the dustbins. This include places such as Barclays Bank Prestige, Cal Bank, Zenith Bank, Vanguard Assurance, MTN, GNAT Heights, World Bank, Boom Junction, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian High Commission, Ridge Roundabout, Conference Centre, State House, Passport Office Junction  Merton Monttesori, Osu Cemetery, Min. of Education, Min. of Agriculture, Ministry Clinic, Ministries Traffic Light and Labour Department.

The Chairperson of OneGhana Movement, Dr. Joyce Aryee said the Adopt-A-Bin Campaign is the implementation of its Action series which is to help solve the lack of public waste bins along our streets, as well as the irresponsible behaviour of citizens both of which have contributed to the growing sanitation challenges faced in the city.

She indicated that the OneGhana Movement in conjunction with The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has introduced the public bins which seek to support the national campaign to promote good sanitary practices in the country, and especially in public spaces.

Dr. Joyce Aryee appealed to Ghanaians to make the Adopt-A-Bin Campaign a success by disposing of trash properly in the bins provided, avoid stealing or defacing the bins, avoid dumping household trash in public bins, most importantly, by generously donating bins to the campaign to enable the aim of providing every space in the city with public bins a reality.

By: Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri

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