MCC to Launch Pilot Project on Modernized Waste Management System
MONROVIA – The City Government of Monrovia is expected to launch a pilot project focusing on a modernized approach intended to properly manage waste within the city limits of Monrovia.
Making the disclosure on Monday at a press conference in Monrovia, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee said the pilot project will be launched on April 6, 2019 targeting four electoral districts including Districts 7,8,9, and 10.
The pilot project according to the Lord Mayor is a test of a modernize waste collection system developed as the result of data collected from the enumeration exercise conducted by All-Terrain Services (ATS), hired by the Monrovia City Corporation.
Mayor Koijee said the enumeration exercise which was just concluded by the ATS captured 85, 0000 structures inclusive of homes, businesses, religious institutions, schools, hospitals amongst others.
The pilot project in the four electoral districts is expected to target approximately 36,000 out of 85,000 structures enumerated throughout the 10 electoral districts in Monrovia.
During the pilot project, Mayor Koijee said the MCC will now contract Community Based Enterprises and Small and Medium Based Enterprises to conduct –to-door collection . The MCC will only be responsible to clear the two transfer stations in Monrovia and manage the landfill site.
He pointed out that all skip buckets at road sides and communities will eventually be removed and only be maintained and monitored 24 hours at market places.
The Mayor further said that every house, business in each of the four pilot districts will be required to subscribe and pay for their waste at MCC identified account set up in communities for easy access.
Mayor Koijee noted that the MCC is working out modalities with its partners to ensure that Monrovia becomes a SMART city like other cities in the sub-region.
Mayor Koijee said as part of his vision to ensure that Monrovia becomes a SMART city, software named and styled “Ducor Software” has also been developed for waste tracking and household locations.
The Lord Mayor also stressed the need for community dwellers to take full ownership of the pilot project which seeks to address waste challenges with in Monrovia and its surrounding areas.
He noted that the Monrovia City Government will work with legislators of the targeted districts, Commissioners of WestPoint, Congo Town and Garwula Townships including community leaders to implement the project.
Meanwhile the Guarantee Trust Bank (GT Bank) has pledged its fullest support to the Monrovia City Government in its implementation of a modernized waste management system.
The Bank through its Representative, Mr. Elvis Crusoe, Manager of GTB, Sinkor Branch, who attended the jammed jacked press conference on Monday, said the Bank will ensure that it will invest into the project by empowering community-based enterprises (CBEs) and small and medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The community based enterprises as well as Small and Medium Enterprises are basically involved with secondary waste collection also referred to as house to house waste collection.
Montserrodo County District #7 Representative Solomon George who attended the press conference embraced the idea of a modernize approach to address the waste situation in Monrovia which hosts a district he controls as Lawmaker.
Representative George said only sincerely especially from MCC field workers, CBEs and SMEs as well as community leaders can help foster this initiative .
He wants every inhabitant of Monrovia work collectively with the MCC to ensure that the initiative is sustain with high speed of consistency and accuracy .
Township Commissioners and Community’s Leaders who attended the press conference endorsed the initiative and pledged their unwavering support and corporation.