Victoria Falls join EMA’s Zero Tolerance to Litter Campaign
THE Victoria Falls Municipality is urging residents to adopt zero tolerance to litter as a way of keeping our town clean.
The resort town is the country’s premier tourism destination and world heritage hence is has to be kept in its natural state.
The council recently joined hands with the Environment Management Authority (EMA)’s belated Zero tolerance to litter: Cleanliness is everyone’s responsibility campaign, where a clean-up exercise was done around town.
The month of September was set aside by environmentalists with the aim was of raising awareness to the need of keeping the environment litter-free.
Some of the places that were targeted included the Central Business District and around shops.
Taking part in the clean-up were school children, municipal officials, EMA and Environment Africa officers and other stakeholders.
The event concluded with a public address at Chinotimba Hall where the municipal Environment Health officer Mr Tongai Ncube highlighted the importance of environment management. “As Victoria Falls Municipality we join the country and entire world in celebrating cleanliness of our environment. For us, cleanliness has always been given special attention not only because of the desire to protect Public Health but also because we are a tourist town and a world heritage site,” he said.
EMA’s Board member Ms Barbra Rwodzi commended the Victoria Falls Municipality’s efforts towards keeping the town clean. “I would like to commend the Victoria Falls Municipality for keeping this town clean. You are one of the cleanest towns in Zimbabwe and this should be really commended,” she said.
To bear testimony to this, the municipality emerged second best on solid waste management at the recent Local Government awards held in Harare.
Victoria Falls Municipality has been working closely with EMA in activities that range from solid waste management and tree planting, and currently working together in the development of a new landfill and decommissioning of the old dumpsite