Recycling efforts underway in Mutare
July 18, 2007
Mutare (Zimbabwe) partnered with the community in a waste paper recycling and composting project to improve the livelihood of local residents, and expand the life of the local landfill.
Local residents, mostly women, were provided training on composting organic wastes. Collected organic wastes from markets were delivered to the dumpsite for shredding, and the compost was then distributed throughout city parks and gardens.
To recycle paper, collection bags were set up on the premises of businesses that produced a large amount of waste paper. Youth groups who transport the material to paper mills and receive payment for the amount of paper collected then do collection. This source of revenue is slightly higher than the government-stipulated minimum wage, with the group setting aside 10 percent of that income for the purchase and repair of their waste collection pushcarts.
Waste management approaches also reduce transportation-related emissions and overall energy savings by reusing items that would otherwise have to be manufactured. Also, a dependence on landfills can be reduced through waste prevention and recycling measures, resulting in the further elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the importance of waste management, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Mutare is one of 37 local governments in Africa that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Africa, please visit www.iclei.org/africa.
Source: ICLEI Case Study Series.