• September 4, 2023

BCC CONCERNS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT

BCC CONCERNS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
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By Hassan Osman Kargbo

In a bid to improving and sustaining waste management in the municipality, the Bo City Council (BCC) has decided to use mile five dumpsite to boost the waste collection in the municipality.

According to the Deputy Chief Administrator, Bo City Council, Henry Powell, disclosed the second city has grown bigger with its population increasing on a daily basis and as a result, implies the council will be generating more waste.

Powell added, in order to properly dispose waste from many households and business places within the city, the need to create more space for waste deposal in the city, which he said cannot be unconnected to the reason why the BCC has chosen mile five (5) for the new dump site.

Speaking to FORUM NEWS-SL, BCC’s Communications and Media Outreach Officer, Ivan Vandy said the council was using both the Mount Vacum and Bormeh dumpsite, but however deemed it unhealthy for residents and decided to look elsewhere.

He said mile five dumpsite was under the Welthungerhlife (WHH) Sustainable waste management Project for Bo City and its environs in 2013 and 2014.

He added that the Bo city’s Mile 5 dumpsite had seen the transformation as an environmental impact assessment on the dumpsite to transform into a controlled disposal site with facilities like Weigh Bridge, mitigating measures and a lot more.

He continued that the Mile 5 dumpsite has the capacity to holds waste from households and business places of over 233,000 residents of the city, noting the aim is to maintain the Bo city as the country’s cleanest city.

‘Bo City Council with funds from the Government of Sierra Leone is sorting and pushing back waste in the municipality so that Bo will maintain its name as the country’s most Cleanest City,’ The PRO was quoted saying.

Head of the Waste management, Bo City Council, Samuel Hinga Navo, said the council is committed to ensuring and maintaining a clean city, stating  they are always striving to see a safe and sufficient dumpsite for the people of Bo.

He revealed that the Mile 5 is not yet an ideal waste handling site but affirmed that the council will continue with its bits to ensure it is handled with care.

‘We are looking forward to a world Bank funded project tittle ‘the Resilient Urban Sierra Leone project’ (RUSLP) which will transform the dumpsite into a proper landfill site,’ he stated.

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