The First Lady calls for good waste management
Victor Maphosa recently at MUREHWA
FIRST LADY Auxillia Mnangagwa called on local authorities across the country to put in place strategies to ensure good waste management practices.
She made the call in a speech read on her behalf by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndlovu, during the nationwide clean-up exercise at the Murehwa Center on Friday.
“I would like to thank you all for embracing the National Cleanup Agenda. Please allow me to remind all citizens that the first Friday of every month remains a National Cleanup Day as per the statement of the agenda and I urge all sectors to put in place strategies to support this agenda by adopting and adapting best practices in waste management,” says Amai Mnangagwa.
“Some strategies you can adopt to improve waste management include sorting waste at source, forming waste management committees in various industrial hubs and shopping malls, appointing cleanup program focal points by all ministries, departments and agencies. Institutions and businesses can also adopt care and maintenance areas.
“Above all, local authorities need to rethink their waste management strategies and establish cost effective, efficient and sustainable models, they need to be proactive in addressing waste management challenges in their areas of competence.”
Amai Mnangagwa said that as the nation gradually shifts from a linear economy to a more sustainable circular economy, the focus should be on segregating waste at source and using waste transfer stations as catalysts keys.
She added that recycling is the best cornerstone of a circular economy and therefore should be promoted in all rural and urban settings in line with National Development Strategy 1.
“The circular economy calls on all of us to take waste as a resource and use it through recycling, remanufacturing, reusing, re-manufacturing and providing other useful products. In the process, we will clean environment and expand livelihood options through the creation of green jobs,” she said.
Amai Mnangagwa said considerable investment has been made in the recycling sector, with a focus on various waste streams such as plastic, paper and scrap metal.
“This is in line with the National Development Strategy 1 of the Environmental Protection, Climate Resilience and Natural Resource Management Sector.
“I therefore urge local authorities to play a leading role in the agenda by allocating spaces for recycling and supporting future recyclers to establish themselves and grow.
“Local authorities should also establish public-private partnerships with progressive companies to ensure that waste management challenges are addressed in a comprehensive and sustainable way.
“Our national situation is changing dynamically due to the increase in urbanization, therefore urban planning must be adjusted according to emerging issues, including the integration of appropriate waste management infrastructure such as waste transfer stations, recycling centers and technical landfills.
“It is also in this context that all local authorities and other waste generators should always have their annual waste management plans in place, ready to be implemented. On the other hand, all commercial premises must have adequate bins for the disposal of waste in a responsible manner,” the First Lady said.
She commended Murehwa Rural District Council for being among the first local authorities to have a landfill lined in line with the country’s sustainable waste management trajectory.
“I applaud the good work and the good relationship between the local authority and the private sector, as indicated by the dynamic task force on waste management through a public-private partnership responsible for cleaning programs .”
Amai Mnangagwa reminded the nation that littering should be avoided at all costs as it is an offence.
“I want to remind all citizens of this beautiful country that littering and dumping are prosecutable offenses that must be avoided at all costs.
“The EMA, in conjunction with law enforcement, has now been instructed to step up surveillance to ensure that there are sufficient bins in all public places such as business centres, streets, roads, parking areas and transit vehicles.
“I have been informed by the Minister for the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry that such an intensive monitoring exercise is already underway, coupled with both awareness raising and the pursuit of offenders.
“On that note, I encourage everyone to be environmental stewards in their neighborhoods and to report to law enforcement anyone found throwing trash through vehicle windows, throwing littering and littering, among other offences,” she said.
The cleanup program was attended by various government departments in Mashonaland East Province, provincial members of Zanu PF as well as the business sector in Murehwa.