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Cameroon – HYSACAM: Douala residents are stealing away garbage bins for their home use, and HYSACAM ain’t happy at all

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Written by Deckson N.

The MD of HYSACAM issued on September 29, 2016, a statement denouncing this fact on the company’s website.

According to the Economie Daily published Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the incivility of the population undermines the efforts of HYSACAM and municipal services. To report cases of theft of garbage bins in cities, notably in Douala, Ngapanoun Michel, MD of HYSACAM, issued a  statement on the company’s website.

The garbage bins that are deployed in our cities to ensure cleanliness find themselves unduly in private homes,” says the MD of the company in charge of hygiene. “Of the hundreds of bins listed in the city of Douala, many are stolen by local residents, especially those with a capacity of between 120 and 360 liters,” it’s said in the newspaper.

The cities of Douala and Yaounde, respectively economic and political capitals of Cameroon are the most concerned. Therefore, these two cities have piles of garbage everywhere. Moreover, it is a significant shortfall for the company. “A plastic garbage bin can cost nearly 150 000 FCFA; the consequences are high both in terms of cleanliness that economically, “said one official of HSACAM.

The newspaper said the company needs to collect 1,268 tons of garbage per day. Fish roasters are also accused by HYSACAM agents to dump coal embers in plastic bins. Which damages. And this perforates trays or reduce them to ashes which are no more useful.

The Waste Treatment Centre at the PK10 neighborhood (kilometer point No. 10) is also problematic. The paper said that the access roads to garbage dumping areas within the site are completely blocked during the rainy season. This, despite the intervention of Military Engineering, in charge of the rehabilitation of the said channels, and the positive measures of the company.

In partnership with the Douala Urban Community (CUD), HYSACAM plans to launch an awareness campaign to challenge the inhabitants on the fact of maintaining the garbage bins in their place.

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