11 October 2018
THE Environmental Management Agency has donated three tricycles to three communities in a way to achieve waste management in the country.
The idea of tricycles has been introduced in support of plastic recycling community organisations.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, EMA provincial environment manager Robson Mavondo said they are trying to help those community based recycling organisations in managing waste.
“As EMA, we have taken this step in support of the community based organisations who are trying to reduce litter in the country by recycling plastic,” Mavondo said.
“The recycling organisations are failing to collect waste due to the fact that the rate at which we are generating waste is higher than the rate at which the residues is being collected.
“We applaud those recycling organisations who are doing their best in separating plastic and waste because they know that plastic is money.
“So we have handed over the tricycles to three community namely Mabvuku, Sunningdale and Graniteside because these areas have recycling organisations,” said Mavondo.
Acting Harare mayor Kudzai Kadzombe has informed the public on waste management process.
“Poor waste management has emerged as one of the major challenges the country is facing, the problem has more often than not manifested itself in clogging of storm drains resulting in flash floods, outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
“Waste management is among the core of the city`s priorities and we want to translate the waste management challenge to an opportunity where under the “From thrash to Cash” banner,” said Kadzombe.
Research has shown that investment in recycling, waste to energy composting coupled with the right attitude in waste management can reduce the amount of waste disposed of at the landfill by 90 percent.
“The communities namely Mabvuku, Sunningdale and Graniteside have received tricycles.
“I would like to commend Harare City Council, the Environmental Management Agency, Anti-litter Monitors and all the 40 community based organisations here in Harare for their effort in keeping Harare clean.
“As your mayor, my vision is for Harare to be declared a litter-free zone,” said the acting mayor.