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GCC combat refuse collection

Violet Pedzi

Gweru City Council has decided to engage 20 sweepers during weekends and holidays as well as private trucks to assist in dealing with the issue of garbage collection and disposal in the city.
This comes after the solid waste management’s failure to manage the growing volume of waste produced in the city.
Residents have been complaining about refuse collection that have gone unattended in most suburbs for weeks.
During a recently held full council meeting, Gweru Town Clerk, Ms Elizabeth Gwatipedza said the Ministry of local government has approved the recruitment of twenty sweepers and the trucks needed to collect refuse.
‘’Pertaining the issue of refuse collection the ministry has authorized the employment of 20 sweepers and also the new system of engaging trucks will start on Tuesday in Woodlands suburb,” she said.
The cash strapped Town Council is struggling to collect refuse as most of its refuse trucks are grounded.
Residents are not happy with the poor waste collection in most suburbs as the garbage is becoming a fly and rodent breeding sites.
In an interview with Health Director, Samson Sekenhamo (pictured above) said that the council is working tirelessly to make sure that the public demands are met.
‘’The community sweeping groups will work during public holidays and weekends. They will be paid monthly. Contracted truckers will go door to door collecting refuse then meet at a central point were refuse will be recycled. The weekly collection and sweeping saves costs by 50%,” he added.

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