Government has called on stakeholders and researchers in the country to explore more innovative and integrated ways of managing wastes in a bid to enhance the country’s development.
This was said at Gymkhana ground in Zomba on Thursday during World Habitat and World Cities Day commemorations on October 31, 2019.
The Surveyor General in the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Julius Chisi said Malawi is losing a lot of resources and money due to failure to process the wastes into some value added products.
Chisi said if well managed, wastes can be a great revenue and income generating activity in the country.
“The country is losing a lot of resources due to failure to properly manage the waste. It is high time we start to seriously look into issues of waste management,” he said.
“This needs collaborative efforts, so there is need for the researchers, scholars and innovators to explore more and invent better ways of managing the wastes, because there is hidden treasure in wastes,” he added.
In his remarks, Zomba City Council mayor Benson Bulla said the council is more than ready to continue exploring more ways to improve the city and its development.