Alliance Waste Embarks On Bin Disbribution Exercise

Alliance Waste, formerly known as Zoom Alliance, has embarked on a refuse bin distribution exercise to over 30,000 households in Accra as a way of ensuring proper waste disposal in the capital city.

The exercise, dubbed ‘Special Bin Distribution Project’, is being embarked upon as a result of identified gaps in areas the company serve. The areas under the project are Achimota, Lapaz, Kasoa, Pokuase, Amasaman, Prampram, Madina and Tema Manhean among others.

Senior Technical and Operations Manager, Kenneth Asare in an interview in Accra, said they were distributing over 30,000 bins to households within the Accra Metropolis for a period of three months because about 45 per cent of their clients do not have bins.

Mr. Asare explained that “we have identified that some of our clients do not own refuse bins; we are giving them the bin at a very subsidized rate of GH¢70.00, so they can all own one bin. But if you cannot afford one, we will still give it to you and service you, however, you will not own it.”

He added that those who cannot pay in full have the option of paying in equal installment of a five-month period, adding that “this is to ensure responsible disposal of waste in the city because when you own the bin, you have no business of disposing refuse anyhow.”

Mr. Asare explained that because they were subsidizing the price of the bin from GH¢150.00 to GH¢70.00, it was only limited to their current clients who do not have bins in their household.

He said after the three months distribution exercise, they would conduct an impact assessment exercise to evaluate whether the strategy had worked “and if it doesn’t work, we will devise another strategy to ensure that all our clients have one.”

Mr. Asare said they were working in collaboration with seventeen District Assemblies, and all the Environmental Health Officers in those assemblies participate in all their public engagements with clients to ensure effectiveness.

According to him, after the distribution exercise, Environmental Health Officers of the various assemblies will go round to inspect households to ensure that everybody had a bin.

“If you don’t have a bin, you will have to explain to them how you dispose off your refuse. This is because they have the mandate to inspect households and report offenders,” Mr. Asare said.

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