“PLAY YOUR PART, BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION” TOWARDS A GREEN CITY OF MBABANE”
The Municipal council of Mbabane will commence the 2018 World Environment Day themed “Beat plastic pollution”. Plastic waste is one of the problematic municipal waste streams. Because of its non-biodegradable components, it remains on the environment for years and tones of plastic wastes are disposed of at the landfill site. The accumulation of plastic on the environment has a number of adverse impacts that affect the health and socio-economic state of human beings. These are impacts include:
Impacts of plastic pollution
• Poor aesthetics: this is due to littered environments.
• Water pollution: this results in aquatic life choking the waste.
• Resources consumption: the more plastic we use; the more resources are needed for production of more –plastic.
• Depletion of landfill space: since it takes years for plastic to decompose, more landfill space is used up.
• Stray animals eat poorly disposed plastic products leading to death.
• Air pollution: burning of the plastic also leads to air pollution due to the release of gases into the atmosphere.
Council sustainable green initiatives towards reducing the impacts of plastic pollution
To attain our Vision of being the preferred destination in Southern Africa offering quality life, council has developed environmental and waste policies including a waste management strategy to manage the environment including waste. The Waste Management Strategy guides the city on the implementation of best practicable practices for management of waste. Waste management hierarchy elements which include waste minimization (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Composting) are highly encouraged. These initiatives are implemented at organizational level, communities, businesses sector and in schools.
Earn money, beat plastic pollution and have a clean city
• Council promotes self-driven clean-up campaign where communities participate in cleaning their street and surroundings segregate the waste into two categories; dry and wet recyclable waste and non-recyclables.
• Waste can be exchanged for money in the two Buy Back Centre’s and one community recycling Centre located at Sdwashini next to SOS Primary, Mbabane Industrial Site (end of Sheffield road) and Msunduza Community Recycling Centre that were established to provide market, promote and support recycling initiatives in the city.
• Waste material can also be re-used to make eco-friendly products such as jewellery, bags, mats, coffee tables and bowls. These can further be sold to improve one’s livelihood.
• Own shopping bags can also be used instead of plastic bags to reduce waste streams to the landfill.