The Awutu-Senya District Assembly has abolished the use of large refuse containers in the district.
In its place, the Assembly has distributed 450 special household litterbins with covers to ensure that refuse gathered by the beneficiary households did not attract flies.
The initiative was announced by the District Chief Executive for the area, Mr Sampson Abbey-Armah, when he formally inaugurated the 21-member District Sanitation Planning Committee, headed by Mr Samuel Amoah, the District Co-ordinating Director.
Mr Abbey-Armah expressed the hope that the move would also assist in minimizing the illicit activities of people who intentionally dump solid waste materials into large refuse containers placed at vantage points in the town.
Under the new refuse system adopted by the Assembly, waste materials would be classified so that plastic bags would be packed aside and sold to manufacturers of plastic bags to generate revenue for the Assembly, the DCE said.
Mr Abbey-Armah said the Assembly had already signed an agreement with the Zoomlion Refuse Collecting Company to collect refuse dumped in the litterbins daily from the beneficiary households in Awutu, Senya-Beraku, and Awutu-Bawjiase, where greater number of the litterbins had been distributed.
The company would also cater for the collection of waste materials in litterbins supplied to institutions and other communities in the District, Mr Armah said.
He urged assembly members to actively involve themselves in the implementation of all sanitation programmes initiated by the Committee.
Mr Samuel Amoah, the Chairman of the 21-member committee, assured the DCE and people in the area of their desire to make the District one of the neatest administrative establishments in the country.
He appealed to opinion leaders, chiefs, queen mothers, religious and other organized group leaders in the District to co-operate with members of the committee to ensure the success of the initiative.
The Committee would among others advice the Assembly on all matters relating to sanitation in the District, undertake the auditing of the sanitation sector and develop a strategic plan to deal with issues in the District.
Members of the Committee include: Joseph A. Mensah, Youth Employment Agency; Mr John Gavi, District Environmental Officer; Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) S. S. Amfo, Awutu District Police Commander; ASP B. H. Norgah, Awutu-Bawjiase District Police Commander; and ASP W. M. B. Amponsem, District Police Commander for Senya.
The rest are, Mr Cassius Otto Larbie, District NADMO Co-ordinator; Mrs Lydia N. Parry, District Information Officer; Mr Ibrahim Jaafar, District Finance Officer; Mrs Patricia Antwi, District Director of Health; Madam Anna Belinda Baidoo, District Education Officer; Nai Kow Clottey Larbie III, Awutu Traditional Authority; and Nenyi Kwamina Mortey VI, Senya Traditional Authority.
Others are, Mr Andrews Larbi, NCCE Officer; Mr. A. A. Appiatse, District Fire Officer; Mr Israel K. Bulleh, Mr. Ben Kwafo Boadu, Rural Action Foundation (NGO); Mr Fiifi Davis, Media representative; Mr Pius Nuh Ayim, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI); Mr George Kojo Scott, District Works Engineer; and Mr Sagito Musah Issakah, District Planning Officer. GNA