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[Ambassador report] ZERO WASTE

by Prince Foley | 16-09-2021 14:22 Comments 6 recommendations 1



Developing countries like Malawi face significant challenges in dealing with rising levels of waste, despite producing less waste than developed countries. Alarmingly current waste collection services can handle only a small percentage since there are very few waste recycling and disposal facilities around the country, and the fragmented nature of the sector is limiting opportunities for growth and innovation.
Uncollected waste in Malawi is usually dealt with in one of two ways: either open dumping or burning. Many Malawians routinely burn built up waste outside their homes. This includes plastics and other toxic materials, consequently releasing harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, sulphur oxide, etc causing higher levels of respiratory illness and climate change. Waste which is not burnt is dumped unnecessarily in local areas, in rivers or water systems, on farming land. Waste builds up in water systems, attracts vermin and causes a wide range of health problems such as cholera, contributes to climate change and other environmental risks such as flooding. 
City councils have introduced a number of by-laws and policies aimed at combating the growing waste management crisis. Due to a lack of resource, funding and waste disposal infrastructure, these regulations are rarely enforced, and waste continues to be dumped and is escalating beyond control.
In order to achieve “ZERO WASTE” in our communities there is need to gather, collate and share as much information as possible obtained from communities in Malawi, develop sustainable waste management infrastructures (facilities), improve waste collection and recycling practices to increase value recovery, support coordination among different actors in waste management sector and enhance economic resilience throughout the waste value chain.
I took a walk around Blantyre city along some rivers that pass by the city to see how big is the issue. Below are the pictures that I captured of Mudi river and Limbe river.

Open dumping in Limbe river Open dumping in Mudi river

6 Comments

Prince Foley

  • Prince Foley says :
    @ Hannah, yes the conditions are worse, waste disposal education are being planned and will be implemented soon. Thank you
    Posted 27-09-2021 13:13

Hannah Mentor

  • Hannah Mentor says :
    Hello Prince, this is your mentor Hannah.
    It hurts to see the pictures and your explanations on Malawi.
    I agree that the communities in Malawi should gather to develop eco-friendly waste management.
    Moreover, it would be great if education on waste deposal gets better.

    Thank you for your great article and please keep up :)
    Posted 22-09-2021 22:27

Prince Foley

  • Prince Foley says :
    Thank you so much Joon, I really appreciate your kind assistance that you rendered to me.
    Yeah the issue is really big, and there is need for mindset change amongst people so that they must be responsible for the management of their trash. And thanks for sharing your experience, this has shown how wide the problem is.

    Posted 17-09-2021 21:41

Joon Mentor

  • Joon Mentor says :
    Hello Prince,
    this is your mentor Joon.

    First of all, I would like to apologize for the inconvenience that
    you have faced while submitting your article.
    I can tell how serious the problem is by image, text that you have wrote,
    and from my personal experience in South Sudan and Mozambique.
    I have seen many sites especially those close to water with
    millions of uncollected trash polluting water. What I have realized
    is that some people are not willing to care for such issues as they
    feel it is not important issue. But all of those wastes are causing
    pollution and needs to be handled properly.
    It would pollute the soil, might be leading to disease by human
    consumption, and so on.
    We need to raise awareness just as you have pointed out.

    Thank you for your article, and let's keep up.

    Best,

    Joon


    Posted 17-09-2021 18:46

Prince Foley

  • Prince Foley says :
    Yeah sure, awareness is very important, I will try to organize as many awareness campaigns as possible... Thanks for complementing
    Posted 17-09-2021 15:13

Vivian Nabisere

  • Vivian Nabisere says :
    Thank you Prince for the article. The situation is just as bad in Uganda. The effort to problem ratio is too high and many people do not even know that waste it's a problem. It's great that something is being done. I think the first step to combating every waste problem is education. Keep up with it.
    Posted 17-09-2021 05:04

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