LUSAKA deputy mayor Chilando Chitangala says all mobile phone owners in Lusaka will be required to pay a fee towards garbage collection exercises through monthly deductions to improve health and sanitation.
Ms Chitangala said the monthly deduction fee will be conducted through partnership with Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).
“The Lusaka City Council is currently in consultation with ZICTA to ensure that every person in the city who owns a mobile phone makes a payment towards the collection of garbage once in a month.
Through the partnership we will ensure that an effective structure is set up for conducive garbage collection,” she said.
Ms Chitangala said in an interview on Monday that poor waste disposal and management is hazardous to the environment and human life.
“Only an affordable amount will be deducted. This deduction is what we are calling ‘Tariff bundling’. As a council we have not yet come up with the fixed figure but once the amount is discussed, we will then implement the procedure of the monthly deductions,” she said.
Ms Chitangala said the monthly deduction fee will assist in the procurement of waste collection trucks.
“Currently the council has a challenge because we do not have enough trucks for waste management collection, but this exercise will assist us in purchasing more trucks to improve the poor and improper garbage collection,” she said.
Ms Chitangala said there is need for concerted efforts to improve the situation in the collection of garbage in Lusaka.
She urged the community to work together with the local authority to ensure that health and sanitation in the city is restored and maintained.