The current waste management situation in Namibia is not satisfactory.
The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, says many settlements, villages, towns, and municipalities do not have proper landfills and are instead using dumpsites for waste disposal.
In its quest to clean up, the ministry handed over a mobile recycling station to the community of Okaukuejo-Ombika, in the Etosha Game Park.
The station that bales discarded waste for recycling is to be used by lodges in and surrounding the National Park, including remote communities living in its proximity.
While this may be a great initiative, overall, the country's current level of waste management is unsatisfactory, says the minister.
"We are aware of efforts from some local authorities trying to find different ways of disposing of residential and domestic waste, but this still remains a major constraint. There is scope for improvement at all municipalities, and there are particular shortfalls with waste collection from informal areas."
Shifeta added that the ministry recognises the urgent need for improving waste management, hence the launch of the 2019 national solid waste management strategy.
Stakeholders who witnessed the launch of a mobile recycling station welcomed the initiative.
The Chairperson of Oshana Regional Council, Andreas Uutoni, says, "Today we unite as a community, as a region, as a nation, to make a significant impact in combating pollution, promoting sustainable practices, and fostering a deeper connection with nature. Together, we leave a legacy of cleaner, greener, and healthier surroundings."
"It showcases our commitment to environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility. By taking this initiative, we are not only improving how our surroundings look, but we are also taking a significant step towards reducing our impact on the environment and saving lives."
"It represents the promise of a sustainable waste solution, not only for our larger cities but also for the remote areas that often go overlooked. It is a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship and our dedication to leaving behind a cleaner, healthier Namibia for future generations," says Commercial Manager of Rent a Drum, Jaco Swartz.
The recycling station will empower the community and earn them an income from selling recyclables.