Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR) Ghana Limited in collaboration with Ecobank Ghana Limited and the Environment Service Providers Association has launched a ‘1 million waste bin’ project.
The project is aimed at helping reduce indiscriminate disposal of waste in the country.
Waste bins under the project have been fitted with radio frequency identity tags to enable waste management companies to closely monitor and to record how often the bins get emptied.
The feature is expected to eliminate the current situation of overspill of waste bins, which often lead to air pollution and contamination.
Also, under the project, officials of waste management companies with ID cards will move into the various communities register and distribute waste bins to homes, schools, offices and other public spaces.
Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana Limited, Dean Sackey, explained Ecobank’s participation in the project stems from its commitment to helping in the creation extensive awareness about environmental cleanliness among Ghanaians.
He underscored the need for every home in Ghana to have a waste bin, noting that is essential in ensuring proper disposal and recycling of waste.
He revealed that Ecobank has invested at least 10 million dollars as a medium term loan facility to support the production of waste bins to be distributed across the country.
Executive secretary of the Environmental Service Providers Association, M. Ama Ofori Antwi, indicated that the current filth engulfing the country can be attributed to in sufficient waste bins in homes, workplaces and public bus stations among other public places.
Speaking on the project, the chief Operating Officer in charge of Technical and Logistics Cluster of the Jospong Group of companies, Alex Atakorah, indicated that ensuring good sanitary conditions in Ghana can only come about through Public-Private partnership approach, which is currently being pursued.
According to him, the sustainable development goals which support a clean environment can never be achieved without the use of waste bins.
He also revealed that most of the operation of the Universal Plastic Products and Recycling are sourced and recovered from their dumpsites and landfills, something that contributes immensely to reducing the country’s waste burden.
The 1 million waste bin project is expected to further complement the existing sanitation initiatives by the various government institutions in the country including Metropolitan assemblies and District Assemblies.