Mr Micheal Yaw Gyato, the Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, has urged waste management service providers to empty waste bins in time to save its customers of potential health hazards.
He said waste should be disposed off whether bins were full or not and that the practice of waiting for bins to get full and overflow before disposal should be a practice of the past.
He said this in his remarks at the launch of the "One Million Waste Bin Project" (1MB) in Accra aimed to curb the indiscriminate litter of waste within communities by supplying one million litter bins to households and businesses across the country.
The initiative by Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR) Ghana Limited is in collaboration with Ecobank Ghana Limited and Environment Service Providers Association (ESPA).
The Ecobank waste collection Platform was also launched to simplify the payment for waste services provided through Mobile Cash Code *887*87#.
He said the Ministry was happy to be associated with the initiative and was optimistic that this would help make the nation a cleaner place.
He commended Ecobank for investing 10 million dollars into the project and by that had contributed significantly into the sanitation sector and the growth of the nation's economy.
He appealed to the bank and service providers to give attention to the infrastructural needed to ensure the safe and timely disposal of refuse as well.
"Cleaning Ghana needs a holistic approach and this would ensure that the nation becomes a safe and cleaner place," he said.
Mr Dan Sackey Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana said the bank was committed to the environment and its partnership in the Project was to help create a mass awareness about environmental Cleanliness among the populace, and encouraged the usage of waste bins across the country.
He said the proper segregation of waste was equally important to enable easy recycling of both organic and plastic waste generated.
He said the bank had committed over US$10 million to support the production of the waste bins.
"We are doing this in the hope that the bins distributed will go a long way to promote environmental best practices, good health and general wellbeing, "he said.
He said Ecobank looked forward to the partnership to provide a variety of payment solutions to the numerous patrons of the waste management service providers and to propel the country towards the cash lite economy status, while keeping the environment clean.
Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, President of ESPA, said the absence of waste bins at vantage points and households within the communities was the cause of indiscriminate littering and said the intervention through the 1MB Project would help the situation and keep the environment clean.
He said the initiative would enforce existing sanitation initiatives by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and would create over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ghana.
The waste bins produced in Ghana by UPPR are fitted with Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags to enable waste management companies closely monitor and effectively overseer see how often the bins are emptied.
The free waste bins could be gotten from all Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies or Service Providers by paying a token for registration for collection as scheduled with customers service provider.
One would be required to provide information including name, contact number, House Number or digital address to complete registration.
The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation officially launched the Project on behalf of Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources.