The Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality has called upon the nation to embrace waste recycling as a business venture so as to curb the rampant littering.

The country is currently seized with a challenge of failing to properly manage waste and as a result, the environment is marred with litter.

The Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Prisca Mupfumira told journalists in Mutare that the results of waste management failures have become unbearable and the challenge needs to be addressed urgently.

“The proliferation of illegal dumpsites and litter scattered all over is making most residential commercial and industrial places an eyesore. The impact manifests in the number of waterborne diseases and flash flooding due to blockage of storm drains in our cities and towns. While my ministry is making every effort to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, the challenge cannot be addressed without total support and commitment from all sectors in the country,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary for Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesushe Munodawafa confirmed in preparation for the national clean-up campaign to be officiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the 5th of December, a committee has been put in place to ensure the smooth flow of the programme.

“We have set up a national stirring committee that is preparing for the national clean-up day but we want to go beyond a day. We are saying, it will be a sustained crusade. We have had meetings with provincial administrators, the private sector and officials from 14 ministries which have joined us and we are almost ready now for the final day,” he said.

A representative of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), which is leading organisers of the grand clean-up, said they are geared up for the event.

“The drive is good, we are prepared, we are mobilising resources and we are ready for the 5th of December,” EMA Director General, Mr Aaron Chigona said.

The national clean-up campaign will run under the theme: ‘Zero Tolerance to Litter – My Country My Pride.’