THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has procured eight (08) tipper trucks at a cost of K5.6 million to enhance garbage collection activities in the city.
Lusaka Mayor, Wilson Kalumba said there was still more equipment that the council needed to procure and believes that the council is on course with the procurement exercise.
Mr. Kalumba added that the fleet will enhance garbage collection and other activities that the council undertakes in the city.
According to a statement issued to ZANIS today by the Council Public Relations Unit, the Mayor said the Council has on average three trucks running for garbage collection and that most of the equipment is obsolete hence, the purchasing of the eight trucks that will go a long way in enhancing solid waste management in the city.
Mr. Kalumba said the procurement of the eight trucks will make a difference in the garbage collection exercise and the general cleaning of the city adding that, the Council is just coming from a clean-up exercise of the city following the cholera outbreak that hit Lusaka.
He stated that the momentum that the council has will only be maintained with the right equipment and mindset by the residents of Lusaka who will at some point be compelled to pay towards the management of solid waste.
“In the past we have complained about lack of equipment, which was very true, but now we have the equipment for us to use. As I mentioned earlier, garbage collection everywhere in the world is a costly venture, so we need to find resources and people need to be ready to start contributing to the cost of running waste collection in the city,” Mr. Kalumba said.
The mayor has encouraged residents of Lusaka to start paying for garbage disposal adding that, a universal garbage collection fee as not yet been determined stating that the figure will be determined by how many people will be covered by measure.
He said the smaller the number of people being captured, the higher the fees and the larger the collection base, the smaller the amount of fees to be levied.
“In the past I have talked about collecting K10 from residents, it will give us a sound financial base. We can even procure more equipment because dump trucks are not the only equipment that we need. We need lot of equipment like road sweepers, bull dozers, front-end loaders to scoop the garbage into the trucks.
“I don’t think we will be able to do that for free for the whole city, it is not possible, so we are talking of the residents getting ready at one stage or another and contribute because we are serving the residents,” the Mayor said.