Despite effort made to control solid wastes through the “Buy your dirt” strategy, authority of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) has underscored the lack of garbage trucks and front loaders for transporting trash as a key challenge that the administration of Acting Mayor Cyvette Gibson faces.
Speaking to the Daily Observer on November 12, the public affairs director of PCC, Jani K. Jallah said that upon taking over last year, Mayor Gibson introduced the “Buy your Dirt” project to encourage community dwellers to collect dirt and stockpile it at a selected location: but the absence of transport equipment has remained an impediment to the project.
Dirt under the “Buy your dirt” project is measured in a peanut bag for LD$10.00. This means the more dirt one carries to the dumpsite, the more money he/she receives.
It is meant to reduce the spread of solid wastes in the environment in order to keep it clean.
Ms. Jallah said while community dwellers are cooperating with this strategy to give a good outlook of Paynesville, especially the Red-light area, the city corporation is financially constrained in terms of transporting the garbage, adding, “We have to rent trucks from garbage companies including NC Sanitor and Zoom Lion to transport the dirt; it has become quite burdensome.”
She said renting a truck costs not less than US$300 and a front-loader US$500—something, she noted, that is creating problem in the midst of low budgetary allotment.
The Red-light District in Paynesville is one of the over- populated areas in Monrovia, and it is the main center for business.
According to Ms. Jallah, over 700 bags of dirt are brought to the dumpsite daily and PCC has to fulfill its vow by paying those bringing the dirt.
She said they hope to some days receive needed equipment to reduce the stress. In the main time, they are engaged in deploying sanitary workers in communities to collect solid wastes at disposable sites’ that reduces the burden of payment for dirt.
Although the PCC Public Affairs Director says the sanitary task in Paynesville is enormous, they are also in the process of educating residents of their responsibilities in line with the city ordinance to learn how to manage dirt and business centers where public food is prepared.
A few months back, the ever-busy district of Red-Light was free of stockpile of dirt as a result of the “Buy your dirt project.
But now, the situation is turning back to the old status as areas cleaned of dirt before are beginning to be filled with garbage.