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EPA wants Waste Management prioritized

EPA wants Waste Management prioritized

As waste management in Monrovia and its environs continues to be a major challenge for the municipal ordinances (Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Paynesville City Corporation(PCC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to the Government of Liberia (GoL) to see the need to privatize waste management.

The EPA is the regulatory institution of the GoL for the sustainable management of the environment and its natural resources. The Agency was established by an act of the Legislature November 26, 2002 and published into hand bill on April 30, 2003.

EPA Deputy Executive Director Randall Dobayou, while speaking to students at a one- day workshop organized by Radio Maria Liberia on waste management on Thursday, April 7, 2022 strongly underscored the need for GoL to privatize the waste sector so as to address the uncomfortable odors and dirt in the city.

According to him, if the GoL privatizes the waste sector, it will not only help to clean the streets and many corridors, but will enable government to achieve cost savings, receive better risk protection and have a better safety record to incur less debt and see faster adoption of more efficient technologies.

“EPA is not responsible to clean waste, but to ensure that our environment and natural resources are safe and protected. Looking at the challenge of waste management by MCC and PCC, this is why it is important for government to achieve cost savings, receive better risk protection, have a better safety record, see faster adoption of more efficient technologies, and incur less debt,” the EPA of official intimated.

“Private companies have the economies of scale to spread investment, environmental protection, and procurement costs across multiple contracts and facilities.

The private partner in a government contract typically assumes primary responsibility for general liability and environmental compliance. Financial guarantees and insurance coverage requirements are also standard contractual mechanisms that minimize governmental risks. When it comes to recycling, the private sector has more experience and ability at assuming and managing the commodity market risk than government officials.”

“The private sector’s desire to improve services, lower costs, and increase safety often result in the adoption of new technologies such as alternative fuel vehicles, single stream collection of recyclables, new truck technologies, or computer systems to track and more efficiently manage the collection fleet.

The private sector has better access to capital than many municipalities to improve or replace equipment and the ability to deploy assets such as collection trucks to maximize route efficiencies.”

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