Plans are bang concluded by the Monrovia City Corporation or MCC to clear Monrovia and its environs of unwanted plastic materials.
The project code named: ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ is expected to be launched next week by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ will involve thirteen schools within the City of Monrovia, whose students will participate in picking up used and unwanted plastic materials in the streets and communities of Monrovia and environs within the municipality.
According to Acting Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo, no specific date has been determined for the launch of ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ because plans are still being finalized this week with the participating schools. Mayor Mvogo indicated that such clean-up campaign will take the form of a competition among the participating schools, following which trophies in three categories – first, second and third, would be presented at an elaborate program schedule for the newly created park in Vai Town, Bushrod Island developed by Chevron-Liberia.
She noted that the students will be provided hygienic/sanitary materials, including gloves, boots, as well as helmets, among others during the exercise which will last for a period of time, saying out of the thirty-three schools, only thirteen sign up for the project.
The Acting Monrovia City Mayor also noted that as part of ‘Operation Attack Plastics’, the MCC will host radio and television programs, with school kids as panelists, to discuss the impact of an environment free of plastics, as a way of further creating awareness among the population of the city.
She said featuring students on these radio and television programs is a necessity because messages on a clean environment to the public were easily understandable through the kids.
She added that out of the six dump-truck loads every night, seventy-percent was plastic wastes – a backdrop for the launch of ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ next week, further indicating that unwanted plastic materials also interfere with ecological processes.
According to the Monrovia City Major who interacted with the media Wednesday at the Monrovia City Hall, ‘Operation Attack Plastics’ which is supported by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID, will also involve the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA.
She did not give the cost of the project, but indicated that its cost covers implementation, as well as radio and television programs, among a few others.