30 green garbage collection trucks arrive in Freetown from China

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2019:

Yesterday, Friday 15 February 2019, president Julius Maada Bio received thirty garbage collection trucks donated by China, to assist the government’s and local councils’ efforts to keep their towns and cities clean.

The president received the trucks on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone at an event held at State House.

Expressing his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, president Bio said the valuable strategic partnership between the two countries, will continue to reinforce their strong friendship. The intervention by the Chinese government he said, will help his government deal with the critical issue of solid waste collection and management, especially in the urban areas.

He said that one of the very first directives of his government was to call on all citizens to use part of the first Saturday of each month to clean their immediate environs. He said they have recognised that the previous government never bothered to put functional and effective waste management systems in place, especially in urban areas.

He also noted that the uncontrolled dumping of garbage in living spaces with no  proper arrangement and means of collecting and disposing of garbage, has been associated for years, with increased disease outbreaks and deaths.

President Bio said that the thirty garbage collection trucks will help the government and the people of Sierra Leone implement a sustainable waste collection and management system, so as to reduce the human health and environmental impacts of indiscriminate waste dumping in living spaces.

“In response to my government’s appeal, the government of the People’s Republic of China offered a grant of $1.5 million for garbage collection trucks in order to mitigate the real problem of urban waste management. The garbage collection trucks were bought and shipped to Sierra Leone by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Through a signed MOU, the government of the people’s Republic of China will be responsible for the maintenance of the garbage collection trucks for two years.

“The government of Sierra Leone has taken up responsibility to pay all freight clearance charges for the trucks, spare parts, and all related equipment from the Quay. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Affairs will be responsible for selecting and training drivers and the Ministry has duly informed Local Councils to provide drivers and operators for the training exercise,” he said.

President Bio said that the garbage collection assets will be factored into a wider garbage collection and management policy framework that is being developed by his government, through  strong collaborative partnerships with local councils, communities and MDAs that are responsible for health and the environment.

This he said, will help the government achieve its sustainable development goals and improve the quality of life for citizens.

Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, WU Peng, said the donation by the Chinese government is not only to support the national cleaning exercise but to also support Sierra Leone’s efforts for a brighter future. He said the trucks will soon appear in Freetown and other areas of the country to work efficiently for the better future of Sierra Leone.

He said that since the pronouncement by President Bio of the national cleaning day, there has been great improvement in the cleanliness of Freetown. He said the Chinese government has made a strong commitment to support  Sierra Leone, and recalled that during President Bio’s visit to China last year the two countries agreed to further engage in strategic partnership and cooperation to which China was committed.

“We are good partners and therefore we will give all the support in our capacity to support the New Direction of President Bio. We will continue to promote more Chinese investments in this country. If we can work very closely in an efficient way, there are some big projects in China that can be delivered to Sierra Leone this year,” he assured.

Mayor of the Freetown Municipality, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, thanked President Bio for introducing the monthly cleaning exercise and for creating the infrastructure which she emphasised has helped to improve the sanitary situation in Freetown.

She said that Councils across the country are very excited about the garbage collection trucks, which she said will help ensure that communities across the country are kept clean.


Watch the trucks arriving in Freetown:


  1. This is a good gesture by the people Republic of China, but my concern is that gift is the easy methodology used by this country to undermine governments’ sovereign reality in Africa.

    I know the rhetoric they seductively used to manipulate the political unconsciousness of our state’s representatives. Therefore, some gift has the interiority of Trojan horse! Please Mr President be conscious of this social engineering, and let us limit our country from the status of passivity to the status of activity.

    The predilection for gifted immediacy has the susceptibility to governmental dysfunction throughout the annals of political history.

  2. Thank you very much very Seton for your proposal since the early 1974. Just to add to what you are saying, the plastic from the garbage can be directly burnt in a boiler for electricity or the plastic can through pyrolysis be converted into fuel.

    I will assure you that three Sierra Leonean engineers(Mechanical, Chemical and power electronics) have done a research on such a project. The problem they now have is how to get rid of the smoke from the furnaces which will be very bad for the environment.

    The furnaces, the electronics(control and regulation) and the software applications have all been designed and completed. The raw materials(the garbage) is in abondance in the country. The plant of itself ie very unique, in that it will filter metals, dust, papers, plastics and other materials as they roll down the conveyor belts.

    These engineers will make their ingenuity public as soon as they solve the smoke issue which is of great concern to them and the environment. They have a solution by using heavy industrial filters to filter the smoke whereby a heavy amount of sooth will be obtained. The sooth can be used to make paint or ink.

    They thought it will be expensive. But more importantly, they want to do every thing cheap and of their own make and initiative.

    Seton, I hope your proposal be fulfilled very soon. Don’t give up. These are one of the projects that will eventually be termed and seen as MADE IN SIERRA LEONE

  3. “Cleanliness is next to godliness”. Based on what I saw and experienced in Sierra Leone during my short vacation, it seems like the hands of God is all over the country once again.

  4. How about reviving the conversion of garbage to electricity from an incineration-to-steam-to-turbine-to electricity from an incineration plant based at Bomeh at the back of Kingtom Cemetery in Freetown which I proposed in early 1974.

    Seton During, UK Chartered Engineer. UK Chartered Marine Engineer, UK Assessor of Mature Candidates for Chartered Status of The UK Institution of Plant Engineers.

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