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Tendai Mange
With only two refuse compactors servicing tens of thousands of households, City of Masvingo is considering partnering private individuals and companies that own capable vehicles in refuse collection work.
This came out during the recent feedback meeting with Masvingo Urban Ward 1 Councillor Selina Maridza and Masvingo Urban Member of Parliament (MP) Jacob Nyokanhete at People’s Shop close to Mucheke Bus Terminus.
“We were in Bulawayo recently for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) where we learnt that the Bulawayo City Council has partnered residents who own trucks to carryout refuse removal work. We will soon also advertise so that those who own lorries can come forward and help to ferry garbage to the dumpsite,” said Maridza.
It was also heard that the two council trucks doing the work – one of UD make and the other made by FAW – were overworked and were, therefore, constantly breaking down.
The FAW truck, though less than three years old, is performing worse than its very old UD counterpart and has been in Harare for several weeks now where it awaits repairs to the tune of several thousands of dollars which council does not have.
Maridza urged residents to exercise the best possible hygiene habits by avoiding littering and by burying organic waste underground.
She said council hoped it would soon be able to relocate the problematic dumpsite on the edge of Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch suburbs.
“We have been given a new dumpsite but as you may know, government procedures take very long to complete. People can keep some of their waste material in their cars until they get to the next refuse bin rather than throw it out of the window,” said Maridza.

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