A new recycling company Clean and Green Zimbabwe was launched with a vision to maximize on recyclable recoveries.
The organisation which was officially launched at the Miracle Missions monthly environmental meeting at the Highlands Presbyterian Church collects recyclable material, separates it and prepares it for recycling. Clean and Green Zimbabwe’s Nyasha Makuyana explains, “Our organisation is made up of a partnership of Zimbabweans in the diaspora who want to come back home to do something positive. Currently we are a collection centre but we hope to set up a recycling plant before the end of year if all goes well.” He said waste is one of the most menacing problems Harare and the rest of Zimbabwe is facing.
“We have so far collected 350 tonnes of waste which we have separated and got ready for recycling. We want to get to a point where nothing goes to landfill,” said Makuyana. He said their future plans also include collecting over 1000 tonnes of waste weekly and setting up centres across the country. He added that though many people are separating waste at source it ends up being collected by city council to be disposed at landfills. Makuyana said, “We acknowledge the work being done by different organisation including Miracle Missions and Environment Africa and we are just here to complete the circle by having somewhere to take the recyclable waste.”
Clean and Green Zimbabwe collects their waste from different organisations and events such as the OK Grand Challenge and HIFA while individuals can also drop some material off at their plant in Msasa. He said, “We also buy waste from organisations such as Better Environment in Highfields and Moyo Munyoro in Mabvuku.” Moyo Munyoro is a group of ladies who came together to look after disabled children.
In terms of environmental awareness Clean and Green Zimbabwe is in talks with different schools to build partnerships that will see children being taught about recycling from a tender age. He said, “We want to start from the grassroots so we can have a whole new generation of responsible citizens.” He added that if children are taught at young age they can take that education home and cause a ripple effect in their communities.
“Directly we have created more than 70 jobs with a vision of creating more,” said Makuyana. Indirectly, unemployed youth are earning an income by selling their waste to the organisation.
If you want your recyclable waste collected you can contact Nyasha Makuyana on [email protected] or call him on 0774 368 150.