Govt reviewing districts’ waste removal contracts

08Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Govt reviewing districts’ waste removal contracts

​​​​​​​THE government is rolling out a review exercise on solid waste management contracts between district councils and service providers, to strike off unqualified companies.

Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment).

Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) made the announcement here yesterday following an impromptu visit at the city’s main Majengo market.

She said the ministry had noticed that some district councils have contracted firms with no capacity to effectively collect and transport waste, leading to heaps of garbage in public service areas such as markets that become ticking time bombs for diseases.

"We will inspect all councils to assess if the contractors they have engaged to collect, store and transport waste, have the capacity to do so,” she said.

“We want markets to be clean and safe for traders and their customers, along with the general public,” she said, directing district authorities to put in place infrastructure for collecting, storing and transporting waste to prevent outbreak of diseases.

Accompanied by officials from the Environment Department at VPO, the minister expressed satisfaction with the state of the market surroundings, commending the city council.

After inspecting the market, she urged district councils to ensure that they provide contracts to people with the ability to collect and transport waste, having the best equipment for the work.

“I have decided to come to this market without notice to check on the market surroundings, how the market manages waste. I am really satisfied with the state of waste management, as they store the waste that is being collected in one place,” she said.

“I now issue an order to all councils countrywide to ensure that they have special areas in the markets set aside for storing market wastes as they do here at Majengo.” Read

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