Gabonese government equips Clean Africa with vehicles to facilitate management of waste in Libreville

GABON – The government of Gabon has equipped the public company Clean Africa with 46 new vehicles to facilitate the management of waste in Greater Libreville.

Clean Africa has confirmed to have received 10 ampiroll trucks, six tippers and 30 refuse trucks that will facilitate waste collection in the councils of Oweno, Akanda, Ntoum and Libreville, the capital.

The move comes as the Gabonese government is putting more effort to improve the sanitation of its cities by 2023.

“This equipment will improve Clean Africa’s operational capacity in order to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of insalubrity and to make the country’s cities cleaner in the new year,” said the Gabonese authorities.

Despite this allocation, sanitation remains precarious in Gabon, particularly with the saturation of the Mindoubé landfill, located 6 kilometers west of Libreville.

Faced with this situation, which is conducive to pollution and tropical diseases, the government of this Central African country is planning to relocate the landfill and build a waste recycling plant by 2022.

To solve the problem, the Gabonese government and the German firm Bomag, which specializes in soil, asphalt and waste compaction technologies, have entered into a partnership for sustainable waste management in the first half of 2022.

If concluded, the partnership should enable Bomag to supply Gabon with its range of machines already sold by a network of distributors in 150 cities around the world, including Libreville.

The German company will also be responsible for the energy recovery of waste produced by the 980,000 inhabitants of Greater Libreville.

“The aim is to guarantee better management of the safety risks associated with the emanation of toxic gases at the landfill and also to set up a system to spread out the waste in order to minimize collapses. This will optimize the waste dumping areas,” explained Bomag’s Africa sales manager Marc Werner Meir.

In the meantime, the municipality of Libreville implemented a regulation in October 2022 to fight against household waste pollution.

This regulation stipulates that “households must imperatively pack their waste in bin bags before depositing it in bins, skips or voluntary waste collection points (PAV) every day between 6 pm and 9 pm”.

The authorities of the Gabonese capital have also provided sanctions for violators of this measure, including a fine ranging from 500 to 50,000 CFA francs (€ 0.76 – 76.3), the cleaning of the dumpster or manual labor proportional to the degree of the offense committed.

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