Recycle And Re-use Waste Materials – Govt
Government has urged communities to consider venturing into the business of recycling waste materials as a way of safeguarding the environment and part of an income-generating project.
Addressing thousands of people during a National Clean-Up campaign at Africa Unity Square in Harare on Friday, Acting President Dr Constantino Chiwenga said recycling is not only a billion-dollar industry, but also helps to keep the environment clean.
“Let me hasten to highlight that waste recovery enables the establishment of a waste vending business, supplying various processors within the recycling value chain. Recycling is not only a billion-dollar industry but also helps to keep the environment clean.
“Harare Metropolitan Province produces tonnes of waste products, which we can use to our advantage to build and grow businesses out of waste management,” he said.
The Acting President also encouraged all workers to adopt waste sorting within their workplaces, prioritize material recovery strategies and link up with takers of the recovered material.
Recycling does not only reduce the volume of waste sent to the landfill but also reduces the cost of waste collection and the amount of energy used to manufacture new products from raw materials.
“This saves the environment from degradation. I, therefore, appeal to every household to ensure that purchased materials are re-used and re-cycled wherever possible,” he said, adding that local authorities should support the recycling industry by allocating grow this awakening giant in the economic and environmental sphere.
This month’s Clean-up is running under the theme, “Material Recovery- Reduced residual waste in the Environment.”
The thrust is on amplifying the continuity of green pathways adopted in the month of April by impressing waste separation at source and the recovery of materials for reuse and recycling.
The Acting President commended churches for taking responsibility and leading the April Clean-up.
“Congregants from various denominations came out in their numbers to clean their surroundings with the aim of promoting green gatherings during the Easter period.
“This is true testimony that “Nharaunda inochengetwa nekucheneswa nevenevayo”.
“The Second Republic strongly believes in inclusivity and will continue to conduct Clean-ups in every town and rural service centre in the country,” he added.