Medical Aid Society of Malawi (Masm) has donated K5 million to Blantyre City Council in support of refuse collection at Blantyre and Limbe markets.
Speaking after receiving the donation at the Blantyre Civic Offices on Friday, Blantyre City Mayor Wild Ndipo said the donation will cater for 80 separating bins, 1 skip, and transport from the markets to composting sites for three months.
He said: “The partnership will usher in a new era of innovative solutions to the city’s waste problems,” he said.
The mayor said the organic waste will be taken to a composting site run by Waste Advisers where it will be turned into manure.
Ndipo noted that 80 percent of the city’s waste is organic and there is need to turn it into wealth before it becomes a breeding ground for vectors.
Waste Advisers managing director Billy Bray called the signing of the partnership as a momentous occasion for those responsible for the city’s waste management, observing that poor waste management can affect the city’s development.
“You can turn your waste into wealth or turn your wealth into waste,” he said. Masm chief executive officer Sydney Chikoti said they decided to sponsor the initiative because poor sanitation is a source of many diseases.