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.