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Nov 22, 2011

700 trucks for MMDAS

Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has unveiled  700 refuse trucks and other equipment, for distribution to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and private waste management contractors throughout the country.

According to him, the trucks which were collaboration between Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and ZOOMLION Ghana Limited, a Waste Management Organization, will offer additional logistical support to the MMDAs, in order to enhance their capacities to deliver higher quality waste management services in their respective areas.

Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo unveiling the trucks at a ceremony in Accra said the government has secured an $11-million grant from the Exim Bank for the procurement of waste management equipment for distribution to MMDAs and private waste companies in the country.

He pointed out that the initiative  will also boost waste management practices at the domestic level, with the distribution of up to one million bins nation-wide and incorporate unorthodox waste pre-collectors (truck pushers ) into mainstream operations by helping them acquire affordable and appropriate waste collection equipment on very flexible terms.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo mentioned that, according to Ghana’s environment sanitation policy revised in 2010, waste management in its various forms is to be carried out by the waste management departments within the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies as well as the district environment health directorates.

Source: ISD