The Lusaka City Council (LCC) in partnership with private waste management companies has enhanced the waste management systems to serve respective conventional and peri-urban areas in the city. In order to implement an effective waste collection service in the conventional housing and commercial areas in Lusaka city, the Council has realigned its waste management districts (WMD) increasing the zones to 16 from the initial 12. Lusaka City Council Director of Public Health Greenford Sikazwe said the idea behind re-zoning was aimed at implementing an effective waste collection service in the conventional housing and commercial areas based on the Strategic Municipal Solid Waste Management plan that the Council has embarked on.
Mr. Sikazwe said in all districts, with an exception of one, waste collection would continue to be out-sourced to the private waste management companies through franchise contracts. He said Lusaka City Council was in the process of advertising the newly created Waste Management Districts including those that are currently not being serviced. Mr. Sikazwe stated that the franchise collector who would be awarded with a franchise contract will be responsible for setting and collecting waste fees for the services provided in their areas of operation. “The fee is, however, subject to a ceiling set by the council. The waste collector will determine the type of waste receptacles (bags, bins or containers), subject to approval by the Council,” he said.
He explained that the fees will vary depending on the WMD, “For each of the waste management districts, there are maximum waste collection fees; the maximum fees the waste management companies may charge have been negotiated on behalf of the community by the Lusaka City Council,” Mr. Sikazwe said.
He further added that the fees were always included in the Franchise Contracts, “although the Council would like to have one uniform fee for the entire city, market forces have led to minor differences between the waste management districts.”
Recently, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing purchased refuse compactor trucks and other garbage collection equipment valued at close to K26 million to ease the challenges of waste management disposal faced by most councils in Zambia.
To beef up waste management collection in the city, Lusaka City Council has procured 112 bins; two refuse compactor trucks and 20 cubic containers at an estimated K4.9 million from from the 2013 budget. The Council is also in the process of procuring a landfill compactor and a bull dozer for the landfill, two tractors for waste collection in peri-urban areas, two tipper trucks and one front-end loader. Mr. Sikazwe revealed that the tender process had already begun to purchase the equipment.
Additional information on the new waste management system can be obtained from respective waste collection companies or from the website of the waste management unit on www.wmulusaka.gov.zm or people can come in person to the Waste Management Unit (WMU) at the Civic.
Poland comes to LCC’s aid
THE Bialystok City of Poland has offered to help find solutions to some of the challenges Lusaka City Council (LCC) is facing in the areas of waste management, fire services and road infrastructure development.
During the signing ceremony of the letter of intent at Civic Centre recently, Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga said the signing of the Letter of Intent between the LCC and the Bialystok City symbolized the beginning of future joint activities between the two councils. Mr. Chisenga said the Letter of Intent was the first step of the cooperation which will later see the two parties come up with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and eventually the twinning of the two cities. The Polish delegation included Mr. Truskolaski, the vice president of national Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Witold Karczewski, the director of strategy and development, Mr.Tomasz Buczek, the Deputy Director of the Mayor, Mr. Pzemyslaw Tuchlinski and Mr. Krzysztof Truskolaski, a business executive.
And during an open forum discussion between the two parties, the LCC explained the many challenges it was facing in waste management, fire fighting services as well as traffic congestion. Meanwhile, Mr. Truskolaski called for a vigorous public awareness campaign starting with schools and the community at large on how to manage and separate waste at source until the final disposal of the garbage.
“Managing a city can be very hectic. Even in Poland which is 10 times smaller than Lusaka, we have the same problems, but my advice to you is that you should start a public awareness campaign. Waste management if not properly managed it can be a time bomb.
You need a huge promotional arena to send a message to the community on where and how they need to package their garbage starting at source. In Poland it is now law that every household pays taxes and Revenue and tax collection in Poland is in charge of the Councils,” Mr. Truskolaski said.
And Director of Strategy and Development, Mr. Buczek said waste management was a global problem and explained that it could however be a profitable business which can be used to produce bio-gas and other forms of energy. “They say no money, no honey. You need to invest in modern technology to manage waste,” Mr. Truskolaski said.
He advised the LCC to engage an independent advisor to work out a plan on how to expand the revenue collection base and suggested the introduction of a public transport business, which could be one way of helping raise revenue for the Council.