Yeukai Karengezeka Cool Lifestyle Writer
The Harare City Junior Council last week launched an Environmental Action Programme. The council also donated bins to local schools, as part of its environment awareness campaign. Speaking at the launch, Harare Junior Mayor His Worship Confidence Thomas said it was important to educate the young generation about the effects of throwing away litter everywhere.
“Environmental Action is a programme which will see eight high schools in Harare receiving bins from the City Council and environmental education through our sponsors. Therefore, we decided to start by donating to Queen Elizabeth and Mufakose high schools,” he said.
Outgoing Bulawayo Junior Mayor Kuda-kwashe Mukwasi urged students to recycle waste and make money, while in the process saving the environment.
“Our environment is our wealth and future. We must go green and go clean. Let us recycle the papers, plastics and cans we collect and gain wealth and most importantly save our environment.
“We should educate the teens and make them see litter as money. The moment they drop litter, they should then realise that they would have lost money,’’ said Mukwashi.
The occasion was also graced by management from the Institute of Waste Management, a body which deals with waste.
The institute highlighted that the old culture of throwing litter everywhere should come to an end and that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our country clean.
“ Its an important event to create a new culture which has to start at an early stage. Culture is the biggest challenge of stopping this norm since people were used to believe it is the City Council’s duty only to collect waste.
“Everybody should throw litter in bins not on the streets,” said Mr Simon Bere, the acting national team leader for the institute.