A LOCAL company, Max Hardware, and the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church on Wednesday donated eight refuse bins to Makokoba residents in an effort to eradicate littering and prevent the spread of diseases in the suburb.
The bins were handed over to the members of the Makokoba Residents’ Association at Fusini shopping complex, with local councillor James Sithole saying the residents should utilise the bins to achieve cleanliness.
“Cleanliness begins from within us in our homes,” Sithole said.
“Let’s teach ourselves to group domestic waste and dispose of it in the rightful places.
“The council’s refuse truck passes by weekly and we should all make sure that we bring out waste for the truck to dispose of and not throw it in the bushes or in our Mazayi River.”
Nomsa Nobanda, a representative from the cleaning section in the Bulawayo City Council, spoke about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste as a cost-cutting exercise to the council.
“The ‘Triple R’ (reduce, reuse, recycle) initiative is being implemented in various countries and we think our communities should start emulating it,” she said.
“Let us reuse reusable goods, stop using unnecessarily and recycle the things we use in our houses as this contributes to cleanliness and cost cutting since we are currently having difficulties with our economy.”
Max Hardware director Bhekimpilo Sithole said this move was a way of giving back to the community he grew up in after he realised that there was need for public bins.
“I felt it was my duty as a former resident of Makokoba to give back to the community because it is where I grew up,” he said.
“I am grateful for the response from residents, they seem very appreciative.
“I am positive these bins will go a long way and help create a litter-free environment.”