We‘ll extend `waste bagging campaigns to markets’ — says ASWAMA MD

Awka-Managing Director, Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA), Mr Amaechi Akorah has announced a resolve of the Agency to extend `Waste Bagging Campaigns to Markets’, across the state in order to curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has become necessary now that markets in the state have reopened for bussiness after a lockdown,’’ Mr Akorah said this at Government House, Awka while being interviewed by an Information Officer.

He explained that bagging of wastes were essential for maintenance of clean and healthy environment, especially in this pandemic era.

On what the Agency had done in curtailing spread of COVID-19 in the state, Mr Akorah said that the Agency provided 120 litre-waste bins at gated areas and enlightened the residents on bagging of their wastes.

He said that the Agency strictly maintained daily house to house evacuations in order to achieve sustainable clean and healthy environment.

“We have ensured prompt evacuation of such wastes on daily basis and we have enhanced our night shifts for evacuations, to ensure that wastes do not stay overnight.

“We enlightened residents on the need to imbibe the virtue of proper waste disposal, especially in this pandemic era, in order to curb spread of the virus.

“Our trash pickers were properly kitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety on the job as well as to curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Agency facilitated the transportation of our trash pickers by sending buses to pick them from their areas of residence to avoid delays in evacuation routine.’’

He noted that the Agency increased its fleet of garbage trucks in order to optimise their coverage.

ASWAMA MD said that they cleared drainages to ensure free flow of floodwaters and reduce accumulation of silt and debris in public domain, saying that it would also eliminate vectors that transmit diseases including malaria.

He said that they had enlightened the management of hospitals and other waste managers on guidelines for handling infectious wastes within the context of Coronavirus, as provided by National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

“We plan to extend the campaigns to markets across the state now that they have opened for business.

“The Agency also plans to extend gate to gate evacuation of waste as much as there is accessibility into such neighbourhoods.

“We will also ensure regular maintenance of our vehicles in order to avoid breakdowns in waste evacuation,’’ Akorah stressed. 

Source: Anambra State Government