By Tendai Guvamombe
Zimbabwe Sunshine Group(ZSG), has become the first youth led organisation in the country to tap into solid waste management best practices and has become popular through the implementation of one of its integrated solid waste management models.
ZSG intensified one of its unique waste management models during the just ended Zimbabwe Agricultural Show 111th Edition.
The model anchors on achieving ‘zero waste to landfills’. This comes at a time when the entire globe is embracing green initiatives.
High profile events such as the ongoing Agricultural Show and the just ended Trade Fair in Bulawayo are normally a source of waste generation.
Local authorities alone have not been able to demonstrate full capacity to manage large hips of piling waste due to financial constraints.
Against the backdrop of this background, Zimbabwe Sunshine Group (ZSG) came on board as an official partner of Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (ZAS) in a bid to reverse the unprecedented dynamics in waste management.
A team comprising waste collectors dressed in ZSG branded attires are visibly seen along the streets and exhibition parks. Waste will be collected by the roving motorcycles before the waste is delivered to the nearby waste transfer station.
The low emitting motor cycles has low fuel consumption (petrol driven) with 0.9 engine capacity, efficiently covering an approximate distance of 25 kilometers per litre.
The small vehicles are efficient in transporting a minimum waste load of 500 kilograms covering a radius of at least 30 Km from the Central Business District (CBD).
Apart from this, the motor cycles uses hydraulic system, a relief on the work of waste separators.
It is in this regard that waste is classified according to the type of waste generated at source.
ZSG is the first to adopt the ‘zero waste to landfills’ waste management model which has merits in achieving a circular economy.
In an exclusive interview with Spotlight Online News Africa, ZSG Managing Director Claris Mandoreba elaborated on the importance of ‘zero waste to landfills’ waste management model.
“As Zimbabwe Sunshine Group we adopted the ‘zero waste to landfills’ waste management model through our team of researchers. The model entails that no waste should go to the landfills. All waste should be separated at source and diverted to serve other purposes.”
According to the statistics obtained from ZSG working report, the waste transfer station situated at ZAS alone, receives an approximate of 20 tons of recyclable waste, 15 tons of organic waste and two(2) of general waste.
The statistics obtained reflects waste collection generated during the five (5) days of the Agricultural Show on annual basis.
The report further reveals that the transfer station has the capacity to accommodate more tonnages of waste beyond the current setting.
“Recyclable waste consisting pet, canes, cardboard box and among others translate to 20 tones during the 5 days of the show while organic waste amounts to 15 tones. General waste generates two (2) tones,” reads part of the report.
The group has also managed to set up waste transfer stations in Mbare, Budiriro, Epworth and Mabvuku.
ZSG Deputy Director Cliff Chivanga said the organization has in the past 10 years implemented waste management models for the Zimbabwean context.
The group spearheaded major events such as HIFA, Agric show with the support from development partners, parastatols and embassies.
“ZSG has implemented the biggest cleanup events during the Travel Expo in partnership with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and City of Harare. We have undertaken waste recovery activities at Rugby Festivals, HIFAs, Harare Show Weeks. All events hosted at Zimbabwe Agriculture Society Grounds implemented the first Landfills Model in Zimbabwe supported by Germany Embassy, US Embassy, ZAS, UNDP, ILO, City of Harare and EMA.”
According to Chivanga, the organization has thrives on the ability to invest huge in research and systems development in the past 10 years.
“In the last 10 years we have been able to transform waste sector at systems levels. This is the reason why we are making huge investments development. We use hybrid systems which are a combination of European best practices and indigenous knowledge systems.”
ZSG has managed to also engage university and tertiary institutions in the implementation of the ‘zero waste to landfills’ waste management model.
President of Student Representative Council (SRC) Athanasius Sagonda, said ZSG demonstrated the ‘zero waste to landfills’ waste management model at the University of Zimbabwe Campus. He bears testimony on major partnerships with parastatals and corporates.
“The partnership with ZSG managed spearheaded the dumpsite reclamation at the University of Zimbabwe main campus, bringing awareness to the university students under the banner waste separation at source, outreach campaigns with EMA, Clean City, Recycle today,” he said.
Waste sector has been added in the economy wide Zimbabwe’s nationally determined contribution on climate change (NDCs) and is listed in the mitigation actions and priority areas enshrined in the country’s Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS).