Get to zero waste through action

EDITOR — It was with great relief that I watched council workers remove garbage from open spaces in Glen Norah recently.

It’s a good move especially considering that the rains are here.

The garbage was a recipe for disaster. A disease outbreak was waiting to happen.

However, the council must get to the bottom of the problem.

How come we had accumulated so much waste in open spaces in the first place?

Delivery service was non-existent. Bins had gone for too long without being collected.

The municipality should realise that this exercise would be a sheer waste of time if they stop collecting bins again.

Residents will start dumping rubbish in open space, creating an eyesore and exposing themselves to a possible disease outbreak.

But it’s not the council only to blame.

Residents should also play their part. They should not allow the council to forget it’s duty.

It needs constant remainder when garbage starts piling up.

Residents can also do their part in managing domestic waste.

I’m always surprised — whenever I’m in a shop — by the number of people who buy shopping bags. Why not use the ones we bought previously.

Please, reuse shopping bags whenever possible.

The same goes for plastic bottles and containers.

Another way is to buy larger and bulk packages if possible, for example, one large bottle of laundry detergent will last much longer than using multiple smaller bottles.

Do we need to put all our food waste in bins?

Not really. Instead of throwing them away, make a compost in your garden using food waste.

Composts can go a long way towards reducing your overall household waste. It benefits your home and your garden, and anyone can do it.

We all know that, a compost provides a natural and nutrients for soil, improves its structure and overall health. As gardeners say: “just put all bio-degradable material into your compost bin and nature will take care of the rest”.

Examples of waste you can use to make compost include vegetable and fruit peelings, grass cutting, weeds, crushed egg shells and so on.

Pay attention to the amount of packaging on things you are buying; are they recyclable?

Reduce the amount of bottled water you buy and bring to your house. There is no reason why you need to purchase it, unless you are out and about otherwise just boil your tap water or use purifying chemicals.

Chipande,

Harare

Comments (1)

Its true that city dwellers should play their part in keeping the city clean,especially in times like these.Nice advice there Chipande...

Lee - 14 October 2013

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