National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC) has donated five modern waste bins to Minibus Association of Malawi in Lilongwe city to help the association to manage waste properly in bus terminals situated in the city.
Speaking on the sidelines of the donation ceremony on Saturday in Lilongwe Area 2, NYNCC National Coordinator Dominic Nyasulu said youth network decided to make the donation as one way of promoting proper waste management in the city.
“The problem that we have in the city is mismanagement of waste, for this reason as national youth network we thought it wise to donate the waste bins to the minibus association in order for the minibus operators and their customers to be able to manage their waste properly. To us the donation is part of promoting proper waste management in Lilongwe city,” Nyasulu said.
Nyasulu added that NYNCC will work closely with the Minibus Association of Malawi in promoting proper waste management in the bus terminals situated in the city.
According to Nyasulu, the youth network will continue supporting the association to promote proper waste management in bus terminals.
“We were not engaging the minibus operators in proper waste management, but now we have employed the different approach whereby we will work closely with the Minibus Association of Malawi in waste management.
“We will give them necessary support such as providing them with materials for waste management such as more waste bins so that they should move forward in proper waste management in the bus terminals and their surrounding areas,” he said.
In his remarks, one of the country’s environmental analysts, Mathews Malata commended NYNCC for its gesture saying that it would help to minimize various issues such as land pollution which comes due to mismanagement of waste.
In his comment, Minibus Association of Malawi Vice Chairperson, Richard Msowoya said that the donation by NYNCC has come at a right time saying that bus terminals in Lilongwe were lacking waste bins as a result there were no hygiene in bus terminals and their surrounding areas.
“The donation has come at a right moment whereby our bus terminals have no waste bins and this resulted into lack of hygiene in our bus terminals and the surrounding areas With the coming of the waste bins, we are hoping to see changes in terms of hygiene in our bus terminals and their nearby premises,” Msowoya said.
Apart from donating the waste bins NYNCC also conducted a clean up exercise in some bus terminals and their surrounding areas in Lilongwe city.