A new community waste recycling initiative supported by Zambian and National Breweries looks set to clean-up parts of Lusaka and create new business opportunities through an innovative public-private partnership.
Vice-President Inonge Wina said Government was committed to bettering the lives of Zambians through job-creation and free enterprise.
In a speech read for her by deputy Local Government minister Nicholas Banda to officially launch the Manja Pamodzi project, Ms Wina said Givernment endorsed the group for its innovation in not only complementing the local authority’s clean-up efforts but also for creating enterprise opportunities for community members who are engaged
The Manja Pamodzi project supported collectors, who are identified through environmental education and sensitisation drives with a particular attention on recycling.
These collectors will gather together plastic bottles, Chibuku cartons and other recyclable materials from surrounding areas in their communities. Collectors then deliver the waste to buying-centre collection points where aggregators buy them in bulk and process the discarded material into bales that are sold to recycling companies to be processed into other materials such as tissue.
The project hoped to improve the livelihood of the peopleand whose aim was to minimise the amount of littering in communities through environmental health education as well as encouragi recycling,”she said
And Zambian Breweries and National Breweries managing director Annabelle Degroot explained as Zambia had experienced exponential growth, businesses have produced more to meet the demand of our consumers.
“ These products often come in convenient packaging such as plastic. This combined with the lack of a reliable waste collection system and a low level awareness of the effects of waste in our communities have meant that our streets and drainage systems have become more and
“ The great thing about this is that one does not require any education, capital or equipment. All it requires is the willingness to work and identify locations that will enable them to collect the most,” said Project Manager Elaine Kafwimbi.
Manja Pamodzi is currently is in its initial phase and has 73 collectors on board already with collection points in Chawama, Kamwala, Ngwerere, Chunga and others to follow as the project catches on in the various communities.