Tanzania set to mark first Clean-up Day this year

18Feb 2018
Aisia Rweyemamu
The Guardian
Tanzania set to mark first Clean-up Day this year

TANZANIA will for the first time celebrate World Clean-up Day on September 5, this year. The day aims at keeping planet Earth cleaner and healthier.

This was announced in Dar es Salaam by Netherlands Ambassador to Tanzania Jeroen Verheul at the launch of ‘Let’s do it World Clean-up Day –Tanzania’ campaign.

The campaign was launched by the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Director of Inspection and Financial Tracking Denis Bandisa on behalf of Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Suleiman Jafo, who said that Tanzania will work together with the Netherlands in waste management.

According to the ambassador, World Clean-up Day was the biggest civic action geared to making the planet cleaner and healthier, a movement which started in Estonia in 2008 and had spread worldwide.

The envoy said the Netherlands welcomed recent efforts by President John Magufuli’s initiative to clean the environment on December 9, 2015 in marking independence day celebrations, where he urged everyone to work toward putting the country’s environment clean, safe and healthy.

 

World Clean-up Day will help to put the city of Dar es Salaam in a replicable example in the pursuit of environment sustainability to the rest of the country, he said.

 

The envoy further said that this will encourage the country to grow and develop a thriving clean economy supported by a conscious and engaged population.

 

“We believe Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and because of its rapid and population growth, Dar es Salaam is on it is way to becoming a mega city,” the ambassador said.

 

He said therefore that Tanzania can no longer waste money and a growth opportunity due to waste, explaining that the Netherlands supported the clean-up  initiative as part of its bigger goal of helping Tanzania in the area of solid waste management.

 

Last year the city of Dar es Salaam signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Netherlands on a common plan for integrated solid waste management (ISWM).

 

The aim is to deliver satisfactory integrated solid waste management services to all Dar citizens and introduce a full cost recovery system for sustainable waste management.

 

The next will be signing of a grant arrangement which will cover the necessary preparatory studies in the development phase.

 

The focus will be on a cost-efficient system for waste collection which will include transfer stations and rehabilitation of the famous Pugu landfill.

 

He said it was important to manage waste properly because it is essential for building a sustainable and livable society that enables human dignity.

 

Speaking at the event, Tania Hamilton, the Nipe Fagio managing director who coordinated the World Clean-up Day, said the organization aimed at empowering civil society, the private sector and the government to build lasting change towards turning Tanzania into a clean and sustainable country.

 

The director said Nipe Fagio urges the government to educate people about best waste practices (BWPs) and identify and create business opportunities that promote a clean economy.

 

She added that Nipe Fagio engages with the community to raise awareness about the threats of pollution and environmental degradation and the threat by poor waste management for the community and ecosystem.

 

“Nipe Fagio is an urgent call to all residents of Dar es Salaam to pick up their brooms and to join us in sweeping the city clean.

 

“We believe that the success of our vision of a clean and safe city lies in the heart and will of every resident who is prepared to take action,” she said.