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More than 150 tonnes of waste collected in Zambia for World Clean Up Day

News 12.10.18 Zambia Communications and knowledge management

This year’s World Clean Up Day, on the 15th September, included several successful clean-up activities in Zambia, which Landell Mills helped to manage in cooperation with our partner, Ku-Atenga Media. Events were organised in Lusaka, Ndola, Choma and Livingstone, whilst a number of smaller activities were staged in other areas of the country. The annual event, which takes place across 158 countries, is organised by the Let’s Do It! Foundation and aims to increase awareness of the importance of waste management and the need to recycle.

In Zambia’s capital city, activities took place across three locations, under the ‘Keep Lusaka Clean’ campaign and more than 1,000 members of the public took part. The clean-up exercises were supported by the EU Delegation to Zambia, Lusaka City Council and recycling organisations Trashback and Manja Pamodzi, as well as various other local partners.

Attendees brought along their own cleaning equipment including wheel barrows, brooms and rakes. All participants were given gloves, whilst the EU Delegation provided branded t-shirts. An estimated 140 tonnes of waste was collected across the sites in Lusaka alone. Trash Back, Lusaka City Council and Manja Pamodzi then provided trucks to collect all of the waste.

The largest of the gatherings was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Zambia and included a demonstration on effective waste management and how to make a compost heap by Trashback. The events received coverage across four radio stations, including an interview with the Ambassador to the EU Delegation, three Zambian TV channels and a national newspaper.