BY PHILIP ANTOH firstname.lastname@example.org
SOME GARBAGE collectors in the Greater Accra Region have increased their charge by 100%.
TRICYCLE OWNERS who visit homes to collect garbage have increased their fee from GHȼ 2.00 to GHȼ 4.00 for standard size garbage.
According to the refuse collectors, the bigger the size of the garbage, the higher the cost.
Giving the rationale for the increase, a tricycle operator, Mr Emmanuel Sam, said they had increased the cost of their services because they go as far as Winneba in the Central Region to dump the refuse.
He warned that the prices “are likely to be increased again before Christmas.”
Further checks by the DAILY HERITAGE revealed that some residents living along all major dumping sites are up in arms with the operators and are demanding an immediate halt to the dumping of refuse in the area.
Residents of Pantang in the Ga East Municipality have already demonstrated to register their displeasure against the dumping of refuse in the area.
Days after the Pantang residents’ demonstration, residents of Insomia in the Ga West Municipality have also issued threats to block people from dumping refuse in the area as it poses serious health challenges to the people.
At Pantang, the chairman of the Landlords Association of Pantang East, Mr Johnny Quarshie, said they had battled diseases such as malaria on daily basis for the past 10 to 15 years.
Mr Quarshie stated that people could not dig wells in their homes anymore because the water underground is full of iron and other chemicals which render the water unsafe.
Mr Quarshie said the issue has had a huge toll on the resources of the Pantang Hospital, with many recorded cases of malaria, cholera and other illnesses.
“If the assembly fails to listen to us, then worse things are going to happen, because we are not going to allow the activities of some people to have effect on us. The dumping site has become grounds for drug peddling and all sorts of criminal activities.”
He revealed that the association is lacing its boots to file a court case today against the assembly and operators of the Pantang dumping site.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyame Quartey at the Insomia dumping site also say residents are planning to block the road leading to the dumping site to register their displeasure to the authorities.