THE Lusaka City Council has approved the setting up of a community renewable energy project in Mtendere and Kalikiliki coumpounds, council public relations officer Mulunda Habeenzu disclosed this yesterday.
The project is meant to separate, recycle, and reuse solid waste to generate energy, thereby sorting out waste management issues in the two compounds.
Mr Habeenzu stated that the project was meant to improve waste management in the two compounds and sustain the livelihood of the residends.
He said council had authorised Vision Energy Limited, a Zambian company, which has expertise in material recovery facilities, biogas plants and compost dome, to successfully execute the project as it was for the good of residents in the two areas.
Mr. Habeenzu said the decision to approve the project was made by councillors during the full council meeting.
“Councillors affirmed the need to support the project after considering that issues of waste management had not been adequately addressed in the city especially in peri-urban areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, the council has commended Zambian Breweries for embarking on a project aimed at recycling and reusing their packaging materials.
Mr Habeenzu said that the council knew about the project which has been named Chibuku Carton Collection through a report presented to the Health, Environment and Social Services Committee.
“We have been informed that Zambian Breweries had signed an agreement with Zambezi Paper Mill to recycle packaging materials from the Zambian Breweries products such as tretra packs. The committee further reported that Zambian Breweries would set up “buy-pack” centres in compounds where they would stock reclaimed packaging materials,” he said.
He encouraged other companies to emulate Zambian Breweries in coming up with environmental management policies that would support the management of waste.
“Lusaka City Council is elated with the development as it would help to mitigate the uncontrollable increase of waste the city is going through,” Mr Mulunda said.