Douala as we all know acquired its first red feather as the economic capital of Cameroon many decades ago. This time the same Douala may likely be crowned with another feather as it is fast becoming Cameroon’s waste Capital.
The city dwellers are disturbed and tired of what is happening in the city as regards collection and disposal of domestic waste.
According to a discontent house wife in Bonaberi, the company in charge of collecting domestic waste, Hysacam, is not doing its job.
"We live with our waste products for as long as 3 weeks without hysacam coming to take them. At times when we even take them to the hysacam trash can, the waste collection company delays a lot before finally carrying the dirt away and this causes a lot of pollution especially around our markets here in Bonaberi” says the grumbling housewife.
Traders around the Grand Hangar Market share the same view point. “At times we cannot conveniently sell with the smell of this dirt” says a buyam sellam. The dirt is also exposing us to diseases and I don’t understand why it is sometimes kept here for so long". She adds.
According to a Hysacam staff, it has not been easy as their vehicles are not enough to go round efficiently and at times when some of these trucks get bad, the situation worsens.
The good news is that the Douala city council and stakeholders of waste management are meeting and seriously discussing strategies to manage waste in order to keep Douala clean.