The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in Matabeleland South says it through behavioural change that problems of poor solid waste management in major towns and cities can be addressed.

Given the dangers that are associated with poor waste management practices particularly during the rainy season, the need to ensure environmental hygiene at all times cannot be over emphasised 

It is against this background that EMA, the Methodist Church of Zimbabwe and Nyaradzo Funeral Services embarked on a clean-up campaign in Gwanda this Saturday to inculcate a culture of cleanliness among residents.

EMA Matabeleland South Provincial Education and Publicity Officer, Mrs Sithembokuhle Moyo said the agency is also concerned about littering of major highways.

“We need to encourage residents to change their behaviour, that is one of the important ways in which this problem of littering can be tackled.” she said.

Gwanda Mayor, Councillor Knowledge Ndlovu underscored the importance of maintaining a sanitary environment, saying it creates a good impression about the provincial capital to visitors.

“As a country we are saying we are open for business and as such, we need to attract investment into our town. Let us therefore remember that we need to create a good impression by keeping our environment clean,” he said.

The Methodist Church of Zimbabwe called on other institutions to complement council efforts in ensuring quality service delivery.

“As a church, we encourage other religious organisations to partake in such initiatives and support the council with resources to improve service delivery,” Reverend Tendai Mapfumo said.

Failure in some cases by the local authority to timeously collect garbage has forced residents to resort to dumping refuse at roadsides or bushy areas.