Newly commissioned Waste Transfer Stations to help reduce solid waste by 80% in Lilongwe CityFeb 13, 2018
As Malawi grapples with challenges in waste management, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and Lilongwe City Council, with support from the Flemish International Cooperation Agency and through the United Nations Development Programme, have commissioned two Waste Transfer Stations in a bid to help reduce solid waste disposed at dump sites in the city.
The commissioned Waste Transfer Stations have been constructed under the Malawi Government’s National Climate Change Programme as part of its climate change Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives.
Speaking at the official launch of the Waster Transfer Stations, that took place on the 19th December 2017, the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Honorable Aggrey Masi urged Malawians to be more conscious of their waste management behaviors and to be more caring to the environment.
“The dangers of the waste to human beings do not need to be over emphasized. Waste provides a conducive environment for breeding of disease causing vectors like for cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, and respiratory infections,” the Minister said.
He further disclosed that the waste sector in Malawi ranks fourth amongst the main contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, hence the need to upscale similar initiatives to assist the country to reduce its emissions from the waste sector.
In her remarks, the UNDP Deputy Representative for Programme, Claire Medina said that despite the vast waste management challenges being faced in the city, with increased commitment from all, there is potential to turn the waste into economic success. She highlighted several cases studies around the world on how the waste has been managed and turned into economic opportunities for the youths and other groups
“As UNDP, we will continue to support the Government of Malawi as it pursues its program on climate change. But progress on environmental protection and the fight against climate change also starts with local communities. Each of us have a stake in this,” said Ms. Medina.
Ms. Medina further challenged the elected local representatives in the city to ensure that there is an enabling environment and stimulate other greater and innovative initiatives around waste management that are fully participatory and that leave no one behind.
It is envisaged that the two stations that have been constructed in Areas 24 and 25 will help reduce the amount of solid waste that is disposed of at the dump sites and create opportunities through the recycling and composting.
Other interventions under the National Climate Change Programme included trainings in good waste management behaviors to learners and teachers in 20 Primary schools around the city; paper recycling trainings where 10 locally made paper recycling machines were placed in education zones; and the procurement and distribution of coded bins in schools to promote waste segregation.