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By Audrey Kapalamula:

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has called for good waste management practices for the country to have a pollution-free, clean and healthy environment.

Chief Director for Environment and Climate Management, Oliver Kumbambe, Tuesday said there was need for people to change their habits.

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“We need to change and redirect our interest and priorities towards management of wastes despite the many competing priorities. It is also imperative to put in place proper and systematic waste management measures to ensure that our domestic actions do not pose a risk to public health and the environment,” he said

Kumbambe made the remarks when handing over 105 waste segregation bins and two wastes skips to Lilongwe City Council (LCC).

Kumbambe said the ministry procured the materials to assist the council in managing solid wastes in line with this year’s environment commemoration theme which highlights the need to manage air pollution.

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LCC Chief Executive Officer, John Chome, said the donated materials would make a difference in the management of wastes in the city.

“Everyday, we generate 250 tonnes of wastes with just four trucks. We appeal to other partners to help the council with equipment such as trucks, skips and bins to ensure that people have receptacles they can deposit their wastes in,” he said

The donated materials will be placed in schools, health facilities, among other areas.

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