Over 300 pole bins have been donated to the City of Harare, a step that might go some way towards reinstating Harare’s status as Sunshine City.
Harare faces numerous challenges, including water shortages, malfunctioning robots and poor waste management. Now Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation (PZF) has stepped in to help the city deal with litter. Their Bin-it Zimbabwe campaign should help towns to manage waste. It’s a countrywide programme but Harare will certainly benefit through clean-up campaigns as well as from their donation of pole bins which have been strategically placed around the Central Business District (CBD).
“We want the community and corporates to be largely involved in our campaign so that we create a litter free environment,” said Rumbidzai Muzondo of PZF at a breakfast meeting held in the city.
The Bin-It Harare Chapter also introduced litter monitors in the CBD who will have the duty of keeping watch over those who throw litter on the city’s streets. There are 47 litter monitors in the city who are employed by PZF to check up on the streets during work hours.
“The litter monitors have no power to enforce but their duty will be to educate and interact with the public on litter disposal,” said Muzondo.
Litter monitor Robin Mazani (19) from Glen View 1 is excited about his new job. “We want the city to become litter free and restore its Sunshine City status,” he said.
Founder and Director of PZF, Fungai Chiposi said that his organisation is also distributing colour coded bins in order to encourage the separation of waste at source. The trial run was done in Mbare and soon they will be rolling out the program to other communities.
“The bins are beginning our separation at source initiative in communities. The essence of the program is that we harness the community to change litter habits,” said Chiposi.
Chief Executive Officer of Environment Africa, Charlene Hewat whose organisation has been running the Clean-up Zimbabwe campaign since 1993, said that the city still has a long way to go in order to reclaim the Sunshine City status and called on all residents of Harare to work together towards a clean environment.
“There is still a lot of littering and burning going on in the city. We need to form a good team which works together to make sure that the city is clean,” said Hewat.
The PZF is working with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management, local authorities, corporates as well as other organisations like the Zimbabwe Environmental Association, in order to ensure that the Bin It campaign is successful.