Salima District Council spokesperson Grace Kapatuka says the council has engaged businesspeople in the main market to improve waste management.
She said this on Saturday when the council called business leaders to a meeting where they agreed to inspect markets and lodges in the district.
The development follows a public outcry on poor sanitation in Salima Town, especially Kamuzu Road where heaps of uncollected garbage are seen by the roadside.
“You know waste management seems to be a problem in Salima Town and surrounding areas. The council is looking for strategies to ensure we make waste management a priority,” said Kapatuka.
She said a temporary dumpsite has been identified as the landfill at Ng’ombe is filled up; hence, has been abandoned.
“We have also agreed that we should be having regular clean-up campaigns in our markets, streets and other places,” said Kapatuka.
Lingilirani Sandifolo, a trader at Kamuzu Road, blamed the council for failing to collect garbage.
“The council takes time to collect refuse from the market and other places. This is a health hazard to us and our customers,” he said. In November last year, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Phiri toured Kamuzu Road after a video showing uncollected garbage at the place went viral on social media.