Data collection on garbage kicks off in Juba

Data collection on garbage kicks off in Juba
The East Africa Go-Green data collectors from the department of environment and science at the University of Juba attend a briefing on the activity. [Kitab Unango, City Review]

Data collection on garbage has begun in residential areas of Juba City to enable effective decision-making on waste management in the capital.

Carried out by the East Africa Go-Green in collaboration with the Juba City Council, the exercise will cover all the households, businesses, hotels, and government and private institutions to assess and determine places that produce more waste.

“The East Africa Go-Green agreement with the City Council is to make sure that we provide effective service to the Juba residents,” the East Africa Go-Green Operation Manager, Peter Konday Thomas, said, “This is a role that we take very seriously, and for us to provide good services, we need citizens’ cooperation.”

Speaking to The City Review after dispersing more than 100 data collectors to Tongping estate on Monday, Mr. Konday urged the residents to embrace the activity and provide accurate information for effective service provisions by the company and government.

“With this data collection, we want Juba residents to assist us so that we can provide better services to them. The door-to-door data collection [will] let us know how many bins we can allocate to a particular residence,’’ he said.

“If no details of such are available, we may allocate one bin when a particular household need two or three bins. We all have to play a role as residents by keeping Juba City clean.” Mr. Konday emphasised.

According to Go-Green preliminary data, Juba City generates 17 million kilogrammes of solid waste daily. Due to this, 75 per cent of the city population lives at the mercy of malaria parasites, which requires effective solid waste management to avert the situation.

Mr. Konday said time has come to make Juba City garbage-free and clean to the standard of world-class cities, adding the employment of modern and integrated garbage collection, transportation, disposal, and management will make “our city garbage-free, clean, beautiful, healthy and hospitable place to live and work in.”

This week, Go-Green will have 24 sophisticated waste management trucks with an overall capacity of 73 million kilogrammes—more than the daily quantity of waste the city produces.

The data collection will last for one month effective from April 11 with over 300 data collectors from the department of environmental science at the University of Juba,