Deputy Chief Executive Officer Girish Menon was speaking when he visited a waste site at Kawale in the capital city. Menon described the initiative done by the Lilongwe City Assembly which has left the management of waste to private operators as a great effort and partnership in addressing some of the challenges in urban waste management.
He also emphasized on the need to recycle and convert waste into manure to a sustainable business model.
“Efforts are being made to sort out, to convert recycle it into manure and make it into a sustainable business model.
I think this is absolutely essential for any growing city like Lilongwe because urban waste is a big challenge particularly in places where urban population is growing into such large numbers” Menon pointed out.
He further explained that as a global organization they have access to information on best practices from different parts of the world for both developing and developed countries to be shared to interested parties.
Menon pointed out that as Water Aide is supporting local and community based organizations to think about localized solutions to reduce dependence on external solutions and what is more appropriate for local communities.
Lilongwe City Council Acting Deputy Director for Health Catherine Kunje explained that it is the Councils mandate to delegate responsibilities on waste management issues to private operators as is currently being done.
“Now that we have the private operators in place that have started waste management as part of their business, what the council has done is to develop a legal framework to include them and we also have the policies to guide them also bye-laws which previously did not accommodate these operators” said Kunje.
As part of its regulation, Kunje said the Council is working with the operators in ensuring that these private operators are charging an affordable fee to the community for the service as waste management is all about cleaning, collection and disposal.
Kunje added that the operators are not being charged for dumping at the city’s dumpsite.
Earlier on Water Aide’s Deputy Chief Executive met the Councils officials together with the City Mayor Councilor Willie Chapondera at the Civic Offices to brief him on the city’s waste management plans.