President Edgar Lungu with Lusaka Province Minister,Bowman Lusambo(r) and Minister of Local Government,Vincent Mwale(m) at the re-launch keep Zambia clean Campaign at Soweto market
fILE: President Edgar Lungu with Lusaka Province Minister,Bowman
Lusambo(r) and Minister of Local Government,Vincent Mwale(m) at the
re-launch keep Zambia clean Campaign at Soweto market

Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale says his ministry is exploring ways to generate revenue from garbage.

Mr. Mwale says having learnt from best practices internationally, government through his ministry is resolved to recycle garbage so that the country can earn revenue.

He says the country could earn revenue if garbage is recycled for other useful means and used for electricity generation, among other ventures.

The minister said it is for this reason that his ministry plans maximize on the mountains of garbage for the country’s economic benefit.

The Minister said this shortly after he inspected and toured the Chunga dump site, an area which occupy 24 hectares piece of land.

“Government has got intentions of generating something from this garbage.

“Companies that recycle paper and plastics can come on bold and do something out of it. It’s a pity that here in Zambia garbage is disposed off 100 percent than utilizing it in other economic avenues,” Mr. Mwale said.

The minister was as on an a fact finding mission of inner roads following reports that inner roads had been blocked due to excessive garbage at the dumping site.

He accompanied by his ministry’s top officials, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa and his City Council’s senior officers.

Following the development , the ministry has engaged a local company called AFCON Infrastructure Limited to clear the garbage as well as make inner roads at the cite.

And the company Manager Planning Saihiu Zende says the project to open up inner access roads at the dump site is on mutual understanding.

Mr. Zende said his firm is merely practicing its corporate social responsibility in the management of garbage.

Machinery moves to the site tomorrow for commencement of the project.

Meanwhile, Mr Sampa says his council welcomes efforts from the private sector with highly modernized equipment to join hands with the local authority in ridding off garbage in the city.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. “..Mwale says his ministry is exploring ways to generate..”

    “..He says the country could earn revenue if garbage is..”

    “Government has got intentions ..”

    That all you hear, could , would , working on ……fyonyo…..fyonoo…

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    • Get the idea from Muliokela Mr Minister. THOUGH THE GUY IS COMIC but WE can learn something from him as a country. The guy is knowledgeable!!!

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    • BR BAMBA JR

      garbage is big bussiness in rich or developed countries ……in Zambia that is not garbage but toxic waiste , anything worthwhile has be scavenged 10 times over by our suffering masses …

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    • BR BAMBA JR

      garbage is big bussiness in rich or developed countries ……in Zambia that is not garbage but absolute waiste , anything worthwhile has be scavenged 10 times over by our suffering masses …

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    • mwale should just shut it,city market still in ruins after he promised that three months it would be finished,shameless politicians who lie and life goes on

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  2. And GRZ should stay out of it & only act as a facilitator for private initiative! Government has “no business in business…”

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    • I also feel these are investments for private sector. Government’s role is to create infrastructure and ensure that garbage does not pile up in the first place.

      The concept must not be to create businesses out of problems but to avoid the problems.

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  3. GRZ should effectively handle all of Lusaka’s garbage with a self regulating mechanism 1st. Then after successfully keeping Lusaka clean you can think of profiting from it.

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  4. install recycling machines for plastic and glass bottles at your numerous malls to curb garbage and let customers be charged for plastic bags ,As some one earlier mentioned garbage is big business indeed but as usual there are no factories for recycling, poor Zed

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  5. Maybe send it to China to settle some of your debt you over borrowed dander heads PFoools with your sh!t hole chipante pante govt

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  6. First and foremost, we need to develop a National Garbage Disposal Policy. The government should provide every household with two large bins. One bin should be green and used for garbage that can be recycled. The other bin should be black and used for rubbish. The garbage collection should be state sponsored and two different companies should be used to collect green garbage and black garbage. Only then will we be able to turn waste into wealth.

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  7. IDC should be running with some of these ideas especially through the ministry of local government and the local Authorities. In fact most of these piles are being created by the local councils after they collect garbage from residential areas. Mr Mwale if I were you I could channel some of the collections to creating recycling plants around all the districts, then have our learned Engineers from CBU/UNZA design and operate these plant.

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  8. All those trips abroad only to get a slight idea now. Think of tax payers who get peanuts at the end of the month. What a waste of resources. Sata was right – MHSRIP. These guys are useless.
    What a disaster!!!!!

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  9. I see a mismatch between resource input of the fact finding mission and output in terms of Job done on the day. Imagine the allowances of a Minister, Mayor and Senior Officers, drivers, fuel and tear and wearing of all the vehicles. Government in the spirit of resource management, every outing should be worth the outcome or impact or better still empower the local leaders to handle issues locally or to report effectively. We are talking of garbage that out of negligence allowed to accumulate and now a menace. Just trying to share one of my experience working for an International organisation.

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  10. Jay Gay, if you are not trib.al can you sober up and put forward your knowledge and suggestions? This is an olive branch to prove yourself that you are not a trib.al.

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  11. The first thing to manage waste is to introduce Bye Laws. Anyone spotted litering indiscriminately should be arrested, made to clean up a radius of 100 meters from where they littered and fined K100. Citizens who arrest such misfits should be given 50% of what is paid in fines. You will see how effective call boys will become in keeping our surroundings clean. It’s part of job creation. It’s the only effective way to make Lusaka clean. If we don’t want waste, we should stop generating it!!!

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