Refuse collection has emerged as an issue of concern in Bulawayo, a city that was once perceived as the cleanest in the country. Heaps of solid waste have sprung all over the City.
Habakkuk Trust Community Advocates in Mpopoma suburb have since approached the City Council over failed adherence to the refuse collection schedule.
The inconsistent collection of garbage has given rise to illegal dumpsites that pose a serious public health threat in communities.
In an interview with Habakkuk Trust, the Convener of the Mpopoma Action Team Mr. Stancilous Dube said Mpopoma and Matshobana residents bemoaned the lack of adherence to the refuse collection schedule and
“As a team, we engaged our caretaker Councillor Frank Jabangwe about the issue and he forwarded our concern to the City council’s department responsible for refuse collection,” He said. “On Tuesday we met the department officials and they are willing to address the issue. They advised us to mobilize residents to map out all the dumping sites in the Ward to ensure that all illegal dumpsites are attended to.”
The residents further attributed the mushrooming of illegal dumpsites to poor timing as refuse trucks to collect garbage as early as 5am.