Accra installs rubbish bins

Pilot scheme part of national environmental campaign

Rubbish bins have been installed along the Starlets 91 Road and the National Theatre Road in downtown Accra as part of the government's efforts to improve Ghana's waste management.

The pilot scheme by the ministry of local government and rural development is in line with a nationwide campaign to promote good sanitary environment at home and in public areas.

The ministry says the bins are in response to dealing with indiscriminate dumping in Accra and other urban areas, which leads to unsanitary conditions and the potential for outbreaks of bacterial diseases such as cholera, particularly during the recent floods.

The ministry also said that the steel bins have been secured to the ground to prevent their removal, as happened when plastic bins were previously installed in the city.

Accra generates over 2,500 tons of solid waste each day but only about 60 per cent of this waste is collected and processed.