–Residents breath sigh of Relief – By: WASH R&E “MEDIA” Network – The issue of the timely removal of garbage in the Paynesville area has become a serious challenge for marketers, community residents and even the Management of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC).
Due to the prolong stay of garbage in the area, residents and marketers have become complaining about the health risk involved.
As part of its activities under WaterAid, WASH Reporters and Editors Network of Liberia has among other things been following the situation in the commercial district of Red Light and other areas in the municipality.
Over the years, the management of solid waste in Paynesville has overwhelmed the PCC with garbage taking over some areas in the city for a protracted period.
But, due to a robust reportage by the WASH Media group, there is some level of improvement in the city when it comes to the removal of garbage in Paynesville.
The WASH Media Network for the past time focused on the danger involved due to the prolong stay of garbage in Paynesville and across Montserrado county.
The Sanitation Advocacy by WASH R&E highlights the voices of residents who have been directly affected by the huge pile of dirt.
During several assessments, residents commended the WASH Media group for taking the bull by the horn to report on the sanitary condition of the city.
The residents said many reports by the group has raised serious concern about the condition in Paynesville and also provided the space for their voices to be heard.
They want the WASH Media to continue their reportage on Sanitation not only on Paynesville, but other areas experiencing similar condition.
Some residents expressed dissatisfaction in the way, form and manner garbage is deposed on the road side by other residents.
They believe the method poses threat because the dirt can always stay for a longer period of time, thus bringing about bad odor in these areas.
They are calling on authority concerned to put in measures that will improve the collection and disposal of dirt.
In a related development, the residents encouraged the WASH Media to continue the good job by reporting on the issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.
Providing a professional view on the issue, a solid waste management expert, Jeff Nyanibo emphasized the need of the polluter pay system.
The system speaks of residents paying for the collection of garbage that they have produced.
According to Mr. Nyanibo, such a system will bring about job creation and financial support for the improvement of solid waste collection in the city and environs.