Ecobank Ghana and partners launch One Million Waste Bin Project

Emmanuel Todd, GNA

Accra, Dec 3, GNA –
The “One Million Waste Bin Project” (1MB) has been launched in Accra to curb
the indiscriminate litter of waste within communities by supplying one million
litter bins to households and businesses across the country.

The initiative by
Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR) Ghana Limited is in
collaboration with Ecobank Ghana Limited and Environment Services Providers
Association (ESPA).

The Ecobank waste
collection Platform was also launched to simplify the payment for waste
services provided through Mobile Cash
Code *887*87#

Mr Dan Sackey,
Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, said the bank’s commitment to the
environment and its partnership in the Project was to help create a mass
awareness about environmental Cleanliness among the populace, and encourage the
use of waste bins across the country.

He said the proper
segregation of waste was equally important to enable easy recycling of both
organic and plastic waste generated.

He said the bank had
committed over US$10 million to support the production of the waste bins.

“We are doing this
in the hope that the bins distributed will go a long way to promote
environmental best practices, good health and general wellbeing,”  he said.

“We look forward to
this partnership to provide a variety of payment solutions to the numerous
patrons of the waste management service providers and to propel the country
towards the cash lite economy status, while keeping the environment clean,” Mr
Sackey added.

Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong,
President of ESPA, said the absence of waste bins at vantage points and
households within the communities promoted indiscriminate littering and
expressed the hope that the intervention through the 1MB Project would address
the situation and keep the environment clean.

He said the
initiative would enforce existing sanitation initiatives by the Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies and would create over 1,000 direct and
indirect jobs.

The waste bins
produced in Ghana by UPPR are fitted with Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags
to enable waste management companies closely monitor and effectively oversee
how often the bins are emptied.

The free waste bins
can be accessed from all Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies or Service
Providers by paying a token for registration for collection as scheduled with
customers service provider.

One would be
required to provide information, including name, contact number, House Number
or digital address to complete registration.

The Deputy Minister
of Water and Sanitation officially launched the Project on behalf of the
Minister, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah.


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