THE Solwezi Municipal Council (SMC) has closed down over 20 shops in Solwezi for failure to subscribe to waste management collection, council public relations officer Thandiwe Tembo announced yesterday.
Ms Tembo said in an interview that most shops were operating without subscribing to waste collection, hence the local authority moving in to close shops which had not subscribed to solid waste management collection.
“Solwezi Municipal Council health inspectors have closed down over 20 shops around Solwezi. This is because the shops are not subscribing to waste management collection,” she said.
Ms Tembo said the process was on-going and the council would close many more shops whose owners were not complying with the collection of waste regulations.
She urged shop owners to subscribe to waste management as the local authority would not hesitate to close any shop which would fail to comply.
“Any shop owner who has not subscribed to waste management will see their shops closed with immediate effect without any warning,” Ms Tembo said. She urged shop owners to desist from disposing of waste in undesignated areas to prevent an outbreak of disease.
Ms Tembo appealed to members of the public to be responsible for the waste they generated, adding that waste management should not be left to the council alone.
“The council is encouraging everyone to be responsible for the waste that they generate; the attitude of most of us has been that waste management is the responsibility of the council. But the council is appealing to residents to change their mind-set because everyone is responsible for the waste they generate to avoid an outbreak of diseases,” she said.
And the Solwezi Municipal Council has seized seven carcases of cattle worth K50,000 from Zambezi butchery because the meat was not fit for human consumption.
Ms Tembo said the council received complaints from members of the public that there was a foul smell coming from Zambezi butchery which prompted the council health inspectors to conduct a search at the butchery and found over seven carcasses of cattle which had gone bad.
She said the meat had since been disposed of by the local authority at the council dump site.