Govt en­gage waste com­pany to part­ner coun­cils

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

THE Gov­ern­ment has com­mis­sioned PCF Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany to un­der­take refuse col­lec­tion in part­ner­ship with all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties coun­try­wide un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Sec­tor Part­ner­ship.

PCF Waste Man­age­ment, which is work­ing with En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (EMA), will com­ple­ment the coun­try’s lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive solid waste man­age­ment sys­tem as well as cre­at­ing thou­sands of jobs.

Although the value of the deal could not be dis­closed yes­ter­day, in­sid­ers say hun­dreds of mil­lions were be­ing poured into the oper­a­tions to com­mence soon.

Waste con­tain­ers, skip bins, com­pactor trucks, rub­bish bags and skip trucks worth mil­lions of dol­lars have al­ready been ac­quired.

The move comes at a time when cit­i­zens are ex­posed to gas­tro — in­testi­nal dis­eases as the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are in­ca­pac­i­tated to deal with en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards re­sult­ing in the out­break of dis­eases such as ty­phoid, cholera and di­ar­rhoea, which have been peren­nial in ma­jor towns and cities.

EMA spokesper­son Mr Steady Kan­gata con­firmed their part­ner­ship with PCF say­ing the au­thor­ity wel­comed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of stake­hold­ers in waste man­age­ment.

“We have had meet­ings with them. They want to be in­volved in waste re­cy­cling. As EMA, we value stake­holder par­tic­i­pa­tion in manag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Their idea is wel­come,” he said.

PCF chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Ven Muchina said the en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pany was set­ting up an ef­fec­tive solid waste man­age­ment strat­egy, amid rev­e­la­tions that the cur­rent coun­cils were strug­gling to man­age the waste largely be­cause of in­ad­e­quate and mal­func­tion­ing plant and equip­ment as well as in­ef­fi­cient refuse col­lec­tion prac­tices. “PCF is com­ing in to com­ple­ment the ef­forts of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with an ex­cel­lent ap­proach to deal with solid waste man­age­ment is­sue and refuse col­lec­tion,” said Mr Muchina.

“Through work­ing with EMA, aware­ness would be raised on proper en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices in all the cen­tres na­tion­wide.”

The part­ner­ship, which has since re­ceived green-light from Gov­ern­ment, will see PCF com­ing in with a long-term sus­tain­able tech­ni­cal sup­port to deal with en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in the coun­try.

Mr Muchina said this would be done through pro­vi­sion of plant and equip­ment as well as the refuse col­lec­tors.

Waste Man­age­ment has emerged as one of the great­est chal­lenges be­ing faced by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The vol­ume of gen­er­ated waste con­tin­ues to in­crease at a faster rate than the abil­ity of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to im­prove on the fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal re­sources needed to fight this growth.

The cur­rent au­thor­i­ties are strug­gling to man­age the waste largely be­cause of in­ad­e­quate and mal­func­tion­ing plant and equip­ment as well as in­ef­fi­cient refuse col­lec­tion prac­tices.

Mr Muchina added that the devel­op­ment would also cre­ate thou­sands of jobs. “PCF Waste Man­age­ment is not just a refuse col­lec­tion com­pany but is de­signed to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for lo­cal res­i­dents,’ said Mr Muchina.

“The project will cre­ate po­si­tions such as street mar­shals, in­spec­tors and refuse han­dlers in ev­ery town.”

The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties es­pe­cially Harare City Coun­cil are over­whelmed by waste dur­ing the rainy sea­son and heaps of garbage in street cor­ners and densely pop­u­lated ar­eas such as Mbare leave the lives of city res­i­dents in dan­ger.

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