The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), has begun the registration and distribution of free waste bins under a government project dubbed ‘One Million-Waste Bin’ project.

Five MMDAs in the Greater Accra Region are the immediate beneficiaries of the project namely Ablekuma North, Ablekuma South, Ablekuma Central, Okaikoi South and Krowor.

The project is aimed at ridding the country of filth and will be extended to every part of the country.

Waste management company Zoomlion will be distributing the one million waste bins to all households and businesses for free. Beneficiaries will only have to pay ¢20.00 as registration fee and a monthly collection fee which will be determined by the assemblies.

Addressing the media at the launch of the project, the Greater Accra Regional Manager of Zoomlion, Ernest Morgan Acquah, said the one million target will be increased based on response from residence.

He said the decision to embark on the free bin project was a research carried out by Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, which findings identified the lack of bins in homes as one major factor fuelling filth in the country.

Mr Morgan Acquah said the waste bins are fitted with Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags which allow the waste management companies to monitor and track the clearing of waste by its workers.

Mr Morgan indicated that a digital payment platform has been developed to ensure easy and prompt payment of collection fees. The project is been financed by Ecobank Ghana Limited.

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