Plastic Waste Management

On the 4th June 2021, the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (MTEC) under the Department of Environment in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised a plastic waste management fun walk from Makoanyane Square to Pitso Ground to mark the launch of the Plastic Waste Management Campaign intended to promote reuse, repurposed and recycling of plastic. The fun walk was sponsored by the UNDP.

Location: Maseru Lesotho
Keywords: "Recycling" " Local waste collection stations" " Education and awareness" " Circular economy"

Present at the launch was the former Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture, Honourable Adv. Lekhetho Rakuoane and the former Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship, Honourable Tšoinyana Samuel Rapapa. In his speech, Honourable Rakuoane outlined some intervention measures which the Plastic Waste Management Campaign will address. These included among others; the cleanest town competition, the Waste Management Bill as well as the Plastic Waste Management Regulations. He further pointed out that the Plastic Waste Management Campaign will complement the Stop Open Burning Campaign because the reduced generation of plastic waste means less is burned.

In response, Honourable Rapapa acknowledged the noble gesture shown by MTEC and UNDP and alluded to the fact that plastic waste can have potential harmful effects to people and animals including pollution of water bodies which ultimately affect the marine ecosystems. He emphasized that the campaign will not only save lives but will also create jobs and contribute to economic development. The launch was concluded with a Gala dinner at Avani Lesotho with speeches by Mayor Nthabeleng Ntsasa from Maseru City Council, Mrs. Betty Wabunoha UNDP, Mrs. Nonkululeko Zali Local government, Mrs. Nessie Galakai UNDP and Ms Moleboheng Petlane from the Department of Environment. In closing, the sponsors of Operation Hloekisa Lesotho were awarded certificates of appreciation.

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