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Msiro Waste Management on course

Written by  Andrew Mkonda
Some of the workers sorting out wastes at Msiro Wasta Management site - Pic by Wisdom Ngwira Some of the workers sorting out wastes at Msiro Wasta Management site - Pic by Wisdom Ngwira

Mzuzu, November 16, 2017: Mzuzu City Council says it is pleased that Msiro Waste Management Site has started being used to reduce, reuse and recycle wastes into useable products.

Speaking Thursday to Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Mzuzu, Msiro Waste Management Site Manager Llyod Mtambo said unlike the former Mchengautuwa dumping site, Msiro   has started being used for recycling the wastes into usable products such as manure.

During a visit to the site, Mana found some workers sorting out wastes and others recycling plastic bottles.

“We have started on a smaller note, but by and by we are going to be there one day, where all waste coming here will be recycled and reused,” he disclosed.

Mtambo, who is also Senior Environmental Health Surveillance Assistant (SEHSA) said the council would engage different organisations who are willing to work together with council in wastes management.

He explained the main challenge that the site is facing is lack of enough personnel that could manage all the wastes at the site.

Mtambo pointed out that there is need to civic educate people on the benefits of managing wastes for only few companies are currently utilizing the facility.

“Wastes are almost food. I mean if you manage properly your wastes, they can be used as a source of money to buy food for the family. There is money in waste management,” he suggested.

One of the workers (name withheld) said there is need for the city council to be taking them for medical check-up regularly since they are working in hazardous environment.

“We are supposed to be given at least a packet of milk per day for our good health. We are only nine people working here, but the work is so huge,” he said.

Msiro Waste Management facility was officially opened on May 18, 2017 by the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika who is also patron of the Beautify Malawi Trust.

The waste management facility was constructed as part of a K1.2 billion peri-urban sanitation and hygiene (PUSH) project funded by European Union.

The project was implemented through a partnership of Mzuzu City Council, Plan Malawi and the Development Department of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.

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