The dumping of solid waste in many parts of the country has become challenge and worrisome, owing to the fact that many places around the Freetown capital are without proper waste disposal site, a situation that results to serious health implication.
Traders and residents at Regent Road-Lumley are calling on the relevant authorities to secure a community dumping site, so as to discouraged people from dumping waste at the ongoing Lumley Hospital construction site.
In an interview with traders at the Lumley market, they said that it was the responsibility of the Freetown City Council to addressing issues of waste disposal, adding that they are willing to pay their taxes so that council would be able to keep the market clean and healthy.
The Chairlady of the Regent Road market, Adama Kalorkoh explained that they were paying market dues, but that authorities of the Freetown City Council had not been collecting their garbage for reasons best known to them.
She added that they had informed the councilor in that community and other relevant authorities that people were in the habit of dumping their waste at the ongoing construction site of the hospital, and that it was traders that were engaged in such uncivilized act.
A trader, Adama Kalorkoh maintained that the Freetown City Council should get rid of the dump site at the said construction site, adding that they were ready and willing to pay their market dues.
He confirmed that the dumping site had now become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the spread of contagious diseases.
Another trader, Santos Macauley Kargbo noted that most of the solid waste was being dumped in front of the construction site by residents within the area.