The Lusaka City Council is working tirelessly to address the problem of uncollected garbage in the city.
Waste management companies have of late not been collecting garbage frequently because of lack of space at the main dump site in Chunga.
LCC Acting Public Relations Manager Mulunda Habeenzu told ZANIS today that the council was working hard to provide space to allow for garbage disposal at the dump site.
Mr. Habeenzu said the council was facing challenges with prompt compacting of waste due to insufficient equipment to meet the overwhelming amount of waste being generated as a result of increased population in the city.
He disclosed that the council has only one compactor to process waste adding that the same compactor had broken down for over 8 months between 2011 and 2012.
He explained that this resulted in the accumulation of waste at the landfill.
Mr. Habeenzu further said in order to lessen the problem, the council has procured two compactors and 112 skip bins from Turkey at the cost of KR4 million.
He said these will be delivered soon.
He said the 112 skip bins will be placed in townships around the city while two compactors will be used to collect waste to the landfill.
Mr. Habeenzu however said the council has also budgeted for another specialized compactor to be bought this year and will be placed at the dump site.
Recently, some residents and waste management companies in Lusaka appealed to the LCC to find permanent ways of creating space for garbage disposal at the landfill or come up with a new dump site following the accumulation of uncollected garbage in the city.