AAT in drive to protect Vic Falls

HARARE - One of Zimbabwe’s leading leisure firms has invested in a plastic waste recycling plant in Victoria Falls to protect the environment around one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

Africa Albida Tourism, which operates a string of top end leisure outfits in the Zambezi basin, said in a statement that there was need to protect the one million-year-old waterfall, which attracts 250 000 tourists per annum, generating millions in foreign currency for the country.

In Victoria Falls, AAT owns the magnificent Victoria Falls Safari lodge, which overlooks the waterfall.

It said an initiative called Victoria Falls Recycling (VFR) was launched this week, with waste from eight hotels already being recycled.

“Victoria Falls town is growing rapidly, and it is crucial that as much waste as possible is recycled and composted, thus reducing the amount of litter on the streets and the volume of waste going to the dumpsite,” AAT said in a statement yesterday.

It said Charlene Hewat, a well-known environmental conservationist, would coordinate the programme.

The project is expected to expand from recycling plastics to include the recycling of glass and beverage cans, as well as taking recyclable goods from the wider Victoria Falls community.

It will also include tourism operators in surrounding areas, such as Hwange National Park.

AAT said about 80 percent of waste is recyclable and should not be dumped if the town was to achieve its goals of maintaining tourist attractions surrounding it safe and clean.

As the project develops, it will be relocated from its current location at an AAT site to a larger recycling area, which has been designated by the Victoria Falls Municipality, said the hotel group.

“The recycling project is a great initiative, which will have a hugely positive impact on the Victoria Falls community, and as tackling environmental and conservation challenges has always been a priority for us, we look forward to working on more ventures,” said AAT chief executive officer Ross Kennedy.

AAT operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls, including Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe, Botswana.

— The Financial Gazette

Comments (1)

Dear Business Writer Kindly check facts before publishing lies for public consumption. For your own infor Victoria Falls Safari Lodge doesn't overlook "the waterfall" as you may percieve its rather "it overlooks the "wateringhole" Thank you

WeMbire - 16 March 2018

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