In Gambia, Operation Clean The Nation, is locally known
as Set Settal or Setal is a program aimed at bettering
the trash problem. It is enacted on certain Saturdays, when most
businesses and all schools will close across the nation to foster
cleaning of trash around compounds and public areas of The Gambia.
Most transportation is halted in the morning (private cars as
well as public taxis),
enforced by the military. Exemption tickets are available if you
are on urgent business. The first ever program seemed to work
well; the day after the first cleaning exhibited many clean streets
and compounds with no trash to be seen except in smouldering ditches.
It is usually held on the last Saturday of each month and starts
from 9am to 1pm. Sometimes twice a month. During this time private
cars are not allowed to drive on the roads of greater Banjul in
order to keep the roads clear for communal rubbish clearing and
collection as well as for the dump trucks. You can go to the police
and get special permission to drive that day if you can show good
reason. Diplomatic, government and NGO vehicles are not subject
to any restriction on Operation Clean The Nation day.