Sep 4, 2008, 5:10 AM
According to a press release from KMC, The newly established Kanifing Integrated Waste Management Company will soon begin operations following the arrival of the head of the expatriate staff from Green Seeds Incorporated, a waste management consultancy firm in Canada.
The company, which shall henceforth be responsible for the collection, disposal and management of waste in the Kanifing Municipality is the product of a public-private partnership between the Kanifing Municipal Council and Canadian Green Seeds Incorporated that seeks to institute an effective waste management mechanism in the Municipality.
This agreement was officially entered into by the two parties at a signing ceremony held at the KMC head office on 13th February 2009 and within its framework, the KMC will transfer its entire cleansing service fleet and essential staff of the unit to the company. Green Seeds under the partnership shall provide financial resources and an additional fleet of plants and machinery for proper waste management.
At the start of operations, minimal charges will be levied on households and compounds as is already happening with sporadic small size private waste collection companies. Although such companies will still be allowed to operate, they shall be obliged to pay for the use of facilities at the Bakoteh Dump Site which shall be managed and maintained by the Kanifing Integrated Waste Management Company.
Meanwhile, the KMC have assured residents that the partnership was forged in the collective interest of the people of the Municipality and that it will ensure regular and intensive collection of waste from households across the jurisdiction.