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Harare to recycle litter
Robert Tapfumaneyi, Community Radio Harare (CORAH)

February 08, 2013

After realizing that it has been throwing away litter which can be recycled, the Harare City Council says it is going to introduce special bins which residents will dump rubbish which can be recycled.

Council Director of Amenities, Dombo Chibanda told Talking Harare in an interview that they have engaged a local company and individuals that will pick up bins for recycling litter in an effort to restore the city to its sunshine days.

"Very soon households will be provided with a number of bins that have different colours for different type of garbage and litter so that when refuse vehicles come to pick litter, they will know which one to collect for recycling," Chibanda said.

This development was also confirmed by Garbage Bag Collectors (Pvt) Ltd Director Rusell Zishiri whose company has acquired 25 vehicles that will be used to collect used cans and plastics from residents. 'The method and model we are going to use of different colours of bins is copied from developing countries that have recycled garbage for the benefit of the residents and more will be done to educate the locals,' explained Zishiri.

According to environment experts, recycling old junk not only benefits the environment but breathes new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill and has been used to make other items such as carpets, toys and also provide employment.

The ongoing importation of food and bottled has contributed to the littering of cities in the country as importers do not have effective ways of disposing off used bottles and plastics.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy has partnered with Miracle Missions, an organization that organizes clean-ups campaigns in Harare and they have installed bins in Harare Gardens.

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