The Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has launched two waste transfer stations in the city with an intention of making Malawi’s capital city clean.
According to a statement issued by the city council, the two facilities which are located at Area 13 and Masintha ground in Kawale, will enhance recycling and reuse of material in the capital city which will in turn provide a platform for income generation.
“Solid waste will be classified then later transformed into resources such as manure and charcoal which will be sold,” reads the statement.
The two stations which cost MK50 million each entails one of the achievements under the integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low income Areas of Lilongwe Project (I-WILL).
In the project, LCC partnered with WaterAid, European Union, Christian Youth Development Organization (CYDO), Our World International (OWI), Training Support for Partners (TSP), Lilongwe Water Board and Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD).
Malawi24 caught up with one of the city’s residents, Abraham Chirwa, who expressed satisfaction with the approach that LCC has taken in making the city clean.
Chirwa told Malawi24 that the approach whereby the wastes will be sold after being turned into manure is welcome since it will be boosting revenue that will be used for other projects.
“The approach is good because wastes will be turned into money,” he said.
“This will be like the city council will be killing two birds with one stone, that’s making Lilongwe clean through removing of wastes and generating revenue after selling the products of wastes.”