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LCC introduces new waste management system

Written by  Abel Ikiloni
A Waste Transfer Station at Area 13 in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni A Waste Transfer Station at Area 13 in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni

Lilongwe, October 10, 2017: Lilongwe city council has introduced a new system of addressing waste management challenges within the city by constructing waste transfer stations. 

The council is constructing the stations in Areas24, Area 13 and Kawale with the one in Area 13 fully completed and operational.

In an interview with Lilongwe City Council Public Relation Officer, Tamara Chafunya said the facilities will provide a platform for the unloading of waste which will then be treated and recycled.

“Considering the growing population and increased waste generation in the city, these centers are more convenient for regular waste management services within the city than the current main waste disposal area which is far from the city’s highly populated sites,” Chafunya said.

She further said that this initiative makes waste collection efficient in residential areas, schools, markets and that there are suggestions to more facilities in other townships.

Chafunya added that the facilities will also help the council to establish an environmentally sustainable city by treating and recycling waste and provide business opportunities to locals in developing products through utilization of recycled materials.

“This is beneficial to local entrepreneurs who are using recycled materials to produce charcoal, manure, woven mats, bags, hats, jars, baskets and other products which they sell to earn money.” She said.

The waste transfer stations are being constructed under the Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low Income Areas of Lilongwe Project (I-WILL) with funding from the European Union.

LCC is implementing the project in partnership with Water Aid, Christian Youth Development Organization (CYDO), Our World International, and Training Support for Partners (TSP) and Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD).

Councilor for Ngwenya ward Elijah Botha welcomed the development saying that apart from improving sanitation and hygiene in the city, the facilities will also help boost economic activities people through employment and business.

CYDO is one organization that is implementing a project of various products like charcoal and briquettes from recycled materials.

The organization’s vice secretary Grace Kaitano said in an interview that the facilities will provide them with enough recycled materials for making other products like manure, hat doormats among others.

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