Council engages residents over 'piling refuse'

HARARE - Council has engaged Harare residents on garbage disposal in its drive to keep the city clean.

The initiative comes amid mounds of rubbish becoming a common feature in Harare, as the local authority struggles to honour its schedule of garbage collection.

Harare City Council (HCC) spokesperson, Michael Chideme, said the move to engage residents on garbage was to ensure that their environment remains clean.

He said residents’ involvement was the most effective way to maximise and promote cleanliness in communities.

“Community engagement in litter monitoring is the best way to go. The community gets to police each other and take responsibility of their immediate environment, with anti-litter monitors helping to keep the environment clean,” he said.

The HCC has 46 wards, each with a garbage removal truck supposed to collect rubbish twice every week.

However, the council has not been regularly deploying the trucks, forcing residents to dump rubbish on open spaces and street corners.

Over 2 000 anti-litter monitors have been trained by HCC’s environmental management department to curb the accumulation of rubbish on street corners and open spaces.

In his state of the city address, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said though the city has a large fleet of refuse removal trucks, it was old and always down.

He said because of that, the HCC purchased two mechanical sweepers to at least reduce litter in the central business district.

“Various refuse collection blitzes have been done and this should continue so that we play our part in maintaining a clean city.  We are playing our part despite an indifferent culture of littering among our residents,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year, the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) has presided over the arrest of over 800 litterbugs across the country.

The environmental agency said each local authority is encouraged to make and develop a system that is in line with their waste scenario and available stakeholders.

Ema said the waste management programme should provide mechanisms, systems and procedures for giving effect to every stakeholder’s obligations in terms of legal frameworks, local people’s norms and standards of proper waste management.

“Most cities, towns and growth points are characterised by litter and illegal solid waste dumps on street corners and along sanitary lanes. According to Practical Action Southern Africa (2006), more than 2,5 million tonnes of household and industrial waste are produced per annum in urban areas across Zimbabwe,” the agency said.

Comments (2)

just come and have a look in prospect next to the river running trough it 40 years ago this was a very green area now it is a filthy area there could be a break out of cholara any moment just hope it will attack the ones who dropped all there filt there this is also the fault of FBC BANKING because those houses where planned without brain and all the dumping of filth could have been avoided with a dollar per house .FBC BANKING LETS KEEP ZIMBABWE CLEAN AND DO NOT ONLY LOOK FOR MONEY

JACK - 10 August 2016

At least its something from Harare City, but engaging residents alone is not the answer. Harare City needs a serious relook at the issue of waste management. How does the city expect to a worldclass city by 2025 when they do not take waste management as a priority?

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa-Zim Chapter - 11 August 2016

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