ANTI-LITTERING ROADSHOW FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL WASTE
In an endeavour to address the issue of poor waste management practices in Matsapha, Council held an Anti-Littering Roadshow on Friday 12th of July 2019. This event was organized in collaboration with the Eswatini Environmental Authority (EEA), aimed at raising awareness on good waste management practices for both industrial and commercial waste, focused mostly on the industrial side of Matsapha.
A door to door approach was taken for the campaign where 25 companies were engaged through distribution of Information Education Communication (IEC) materials. These IEC materials included Refuse Collection Schedule, Management of Industrial Waste and Cards with Dos and Don’ts waste management practices. The march led by the Salesian High School Band, Tubungu Primary School pupils, Matsapha Town Council Chairperson, Councillors, staff and other stakeholders marched from the MTC Civic Centre to Police College Rd along Tabankulu Street and 7th Avenue.
Although the focus was on Companies, Matsapha takes it upon themselves to keep the town clean, therefore while marching litter was collected along the stated route. This exercise was also in line with the national Clean-up Campaign by the Honourable Prime Minister, Mandvulo Dlamini that took place the previous day. Beyond the cleaning exercise that was done on the day, Matsapha Chairperson, Councillor Alice Russo highlighted the routine services Council provides to ensure a clean Town. She also warned the public on the dangers of littering which would result in them being on the wrong side of the law as informed by the Litter Regulations of 2011.
Council encourages all to comply with the waste management Regulations and to always be aware of the refuse collection to avoid heavy fines. Off note 3 companies have been fined for contravening with fines ranging from E400 – E3 000.