HARARE – A $200 000 biogas plant is set to be built in Mbare’s ward 3 through funding secured from the European Union.
Innocent Maseko, Mbare ward 3 councillor, told the Daily News at a “Zero Litter campaign” yesterday that the project was going to help the residents of the area.
“As you know biogas project needs stuff like tomatoes and vegetables which are perishable,” Maseko said.
“This project shall also improve the livelihoods of people as we are going to engage those who have carts and employ them to carry the refuse to the biogas plant.
“They will have some sort of incentive to work and keep the environment clean. So if people see that removing rubbish is profitable, then they will start flocking to ensure that their environment is clean.”
A site has not yet been established.
But, Maseko and Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi said they will soon find a place to build the biogas digester.
Dombo Chibanda, the amenities director, said the campaign was meant to restore sanity in Harare.
He said the programme entails the removal of all illegal dump sites sprouting around the city as well as awareness campaigns, citizen participation in waste management and enforcing of anti-litter by-laws.
“As a city, we have made a commitment to ensure that refuse collection is as per the advised schedule and therefore we also expect a change in the residents attitude to ensure the environment is clean,” Chibanda said.
Christopher Tiyani, a resident who stays along Samuel Sondo Way, said the problem in their area was that some residents from the nearby block of flats threw human excreta from the windows of their homes.
“Our children play in the street and they can just pick up something and put it in their mouth,” he complained.
“As you can see, the residents who stay on the ground floor of Block 6 cannot open the window for fresh air because of the smell that emanates from the rubbish piled by their windows.”
Auxillia Chidara, another resident from Block 9 in the Mbare flats, said the clean-up should be repeated frequently to ensure that the area remains clean.
She said another major concern was the lack of proper functioning toilets.
“We applaud the clean-up but we also want them to fix our toilets. People dump refuse from the bins into the toilets and this results in the system getting jammed and posing a serious health risk to use,” Chidara lamented.