Mr. Joseph Akwabeng, Tema Metropolitan Coordinating Director, on Thursday, urged residents of the metropolis to ensure the success of the Tema Plastic Waste Management Project, by effectively disposing of waste.
Mr. Akwabeng made the call when he inaugurated a number of waste management items procured for the Waste Management Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
The items, which cost GHÂÂ¢37,300, include 50 litter bins, two tricycles, two clamps, and one Hyundai H200 van.
Mr. Akwabeng advised residents and commuters not to litter the streets, but to drop all waste into the bins.
Mr. Magnus Nunoo, Vice Chairman of the National Plastic Waste Project, said the project started in 2007 in Accra. He said the plastic litter bins would be distributed to the Tema and Ashaiman assemblies, and explained that while the van carried the operators around, the tricycles would go round to empty the bins in a regular manner.
Mr. Edward Mba, Tema Metropolitan Director of the Waste Management Department, commended the stakeholders in waste management for providing funds for the procurement of the items.
Mr. Mba expressed concern about the plastic waste menace within the metropolis, and expressed the hope that the items would go a long way to minimise the plastic waste problem.
He said the department would intensify public education on the effective disposal of waste, adding that while the green litter bins were meant solely for plastic waste, the yellow ones would cater for other waste materials within the system. - GNA