Waste disposal is a health hazard and if care is not taken it can cause serious and irreversible health conditions especially to children and it a great source of air and water pollution (both surface and underground water). Garbage is a readily available resource which can be utilised in making compost manure as well as other products from recycled plastics, paper and canned bottles. Landfills in Zambia are located near unplanned residential areas (shanty areas) where most of the poor live. It is for this reason that we would like to do a project called ZERO PLASTIC COMPAIGN purely aimed atl ensuring environmental sustainability in order to help attain millennium development goal number 7, help create employment for many vulnerable youths, promote greener ways of sustaining soil by using compost manure and help stop the burning of waste by recycling.
- UNSCRUPULOUS OPERATORS MAKING PEOPLE RELUCANT TO RECYCLE.
- NEED TO HAVE A CLEAR POLICY ON PRICING AND RECYCLING IN ORDER TO GAIN TRUST OF THE COMMUNITIES.
- LACK OF KNOWLEDGE BY MOST PEOPLE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF A GREEN LIFESYTLE.
- INSUFFICIENT LABOUR FORCE
However despite the above challenges, there are two exceptional people who have decided to make a difference. Mrs Hamir owns a school in Lusaka near one of the biggest markets and that been the case the site of the school outside is such a sad sight but inside the school premises its such a refreshing sight to see how pupils are committed to make their environment a GREEN beautiful place!! Every year the school hold an environmental funfair where they invite parents to see how pupils are going GREEN!! William is another person who has decided to help reduce the waste in Lusaka plastic waste to be specific by recycling the plastic and making conduit pipes used in construction of houses.
From the time i was young i have always kept left over items such as toilet soap (solid), colgate and i enjoyed keeping plastic bags for future use and inside as a little girl i was challenged on the possibility of making other useful items from this and today i have plenty ideas!!! I was often scolded for keep trash in my bedroom but what my family didt realise was the fact that the trash kept me thinking alot i wanted to know how to turn the readily available trash into wealth!!!
I have spoken to both William and Mrs Hamir and the both feel that the recycling industry is one industry which has so much potential and which needs to be utilised well in Zambia to create employment for the many unemployed youth. Waste must be sorted out at the point of generation and in order to do this in Zambia we need to educate the masses and we hope to do this through the Zero Plastic Campaign!!
– Lizzie, exchange participant