Masvingo urged to address issues of solid waste management

By Mercy Bofu

LOCAL authorities are now expected to recycle up to 90 percent of solid waste and boost their revenue base through the initiative.

Issues of solid waste management and failure by Masvingo City Council to recover 500 drums of bitumen worth US$137 000 from a bogus contractor, were topical during a meeting between Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on Local government and Masvingo Town Council officials this Wednesday.

Chairperson of the committee, Honourable Dexter Nduna said although Masvingo City Council is working on establishing a new landfill, the issue of solid waste management needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“We are here to interrogate what was enshrined in the Auditor General’s Report, it relates to solid waste management and to see to what extent has the Masvingo City Council has established their dumpsite and landfill which will speak to recycling. So far they are now at 60 percent in constructing their landfill,” said Honorable Dexter Nduna, Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee on Local Government

The 2018 Auditor General Report noted local authorities’ over reliance on tax payers and failure to explore other revenue sources like recycling waste.

Masvingo Town Clerk, Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa said despite financial challenges, the local authority is working on improving service delivery.

“As Masvingo City Council we have increased frequency in terms of cleaning our high traffic areas, our landfill is now 60 percent complete by May it will be functional, issues around bitumen and parking fees not being remitted we reported those to the police,” said Mukaratirwa.

Government is pushing local authorities to recycle up to 90 percent of waste in their jurisdictions at a time when most councills are facing waste management challenges.