Domestic Cleaners Richmond 28th July 2018

It wasn't long ago when we covered volunteers for cleaning up a place that was surprisingly dirty. Today, we're doing perhaps the opposite, as a new policy implemented in Sierra Leone has been introduced in the hopes of cleaning up the streets.

The president of the country, Julius Maada Bio, has been alerted by the amount of rubbish piling up in the capital city, Freetown. In order to address the issue, residents of the area are being asked to assist in cleaning endeavours. On the first Saturday of each month, from 7 AM to midday, everyone has to clean the streets they live in as a result of the newly enforced 'National cleaning day' - failure to do so can result in having problems with the law.

Life is difficult in Freetown due to the fact that over one million people live in the area, creating a cramped environment. Coupled with the lack of regular rubbish collections, the result is that a lot of rubbish ends up unaccounted for. Most of this trash ends up in a landfill which isn't far from where most people live and work.

Many residents have hope that the new regime put in place will help the city become easier to live in.

What do you think? While the idea behind it and the result are obviously positive, would you be happy with being legally obligated to clean up outside monthly? Many people may not appreciate being told what to do in this regard, especially with what might be their own property - additionally, there are those who will be unhappy with cleaning up messes made by other people if they live in a public area. That said, with the large overpopulation occuring in some first-world countries, perhaps the implementation of something such as this will cause the cleaning up of streets to become far easier than they are today, resulting in cleaner streets overall.

Another argument worth considering is that many policies have been added, such as trying to make littering illegal, or using posters and ads to discourage it, to little avail. Perhaps instead, having people clean up whatever mess they make on one specific day will prove to be more effective. After all, it is simpler to enforce a law telling people to do something than it is the opposite.

These are just a few things to consider regarding this new policy in Sierra Leone. What's your opinion? Would you want something like this? How do you think it would go?

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