Waste management service providers that do not perform satisfactorily over a period of time will be sanctioned, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has warned
According to the Deputy Head of Waste Management at the AMA, Mr Victor Kottey, eight of the waste management service providers operating within the AMA had not performed to expectation.
Per the AMA’s performance indicators, service providers are supposed to get more than 85 per cent to reach acceptable performance.
The key indicators for accessing their performance include the registration of households,
Presenting its 2018 third quarter performance evaluation report on solid waste collection in Accra yesterday, Mr Kottey said the non-performance of those companies had contributed to the indiscriminate disposal of solid waste in the metropolis.
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According to him, the assembly had outsourced 95 per cent of waste collection to private companies, among which it conducted assessment twice every year.
“We signed a five-year contract (2016-2021) with the companies to ensure that waste is managed adequately within their respective jurisdictions,” he said.
Only Jekora ventures with 80.6 per cent
The seven under-performing service providers
Mr Kottey advised all service providers to be innovative in dealing with the complexity of waste, increase their collaboration with the Metro Health Department of the AMA and also ensure the health and safety of its collection crew by providing hand gloves and face mask.
“All service providers must separate collection of recyclables, increase service coverage before the end of March 2019, submit detailed monthly reports and conduct daily monitoring,” he added.
Mr Kottey, however, observed that the inability of some waste companies to live up to expectation was because of the delay and failure by some customers to pay providers for services rendered them.
He, therefore, urged such customers to always endeavour to make prompt payments to the waste service
Update on bye-laws
The City Sustainability Advisor to the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Desmond Appiah, “We have updated our bye-laws.
The charges given out to those who dump waste have been changed; instead of fixed charges, offenders would be made to pay a minimum of 100 penalty units, of which one unit is GH¢40,” he added.