By Mohamed J Kargbo
The Freetown Waste Transformers, in partner with Freetown City Council (FCC) and Group Special Mobile Association ( GSMA), on Wednesday, 17th May, at the Freetown City Council Hall, launched the first digital app for waste collection in Freetown.
In his opening statement, the Environment and Sanitation Officer at FCC, Sheku Kemokai said they were very delighted and in support of the app, which he referred to as a game changer for the council and for Freetownians.
He added that the App will create positive impact in the lives of Freetownians.
He promised that they will work together with the Freetown Waste Transformers in achieving their goal and that it will improve the work of waste collection.
For the Waste Collection Association, Chairman Abubakarr Sidiqq Sesay, said in 2019, the Freetown City Council setup the Waste Collection Management including some corporate enterprises and that 800 people were trained with 80 tricycles given to them.
He said since then to now wastes have been collected from about 50,0000 with jobs created for the youth.
He said the DortiBox App is a great initiative and a game changer for them, because at first they had to go round to collect garbage, but that they can now use the app and contact customers.
He said they were very delighted for the achievement of the Freetown Waste Transformers.
In his remarks, Orange Money representative congratulated the Freetown Waste Transformers and the technicians for the App, adding that they were very happy for the first digital App meant for waste collection in Sierra Leone.
He said they were committed to the partnership between them and the Freetown Waste Transformers and that they didn’t make a mistake by choosing them as one of the app payment platforms.
He said customers can do their payment through Orange Money using their phone or visit the nearest Orange Money operator to do their payment.
In her statement, CEO of Freetown Waste Transformers, Aminata Dumbuya, expressed her delight and disclosed that her organization was founded in 2022 by the Freetown City Council.
She said they recycle waste collect into energy and further stated that there were 80 applicants that applied for the funding of digital application to GSMA.
She said they emerged on the top ten list and were funded, adding that she was excited to launch the first ever digital waste collection app in the country.