Kasungu Municipality Council is facing the challenge of securing a suitable waste dumping site as it continues to grow.
The council is striving to keep the municipality clean by collecting garbage from residential areas, the central business area and markets, but has nowhere to dispose the waste.
The municipal’s chief executive officer (CEO) Stewart Ngoka disclosed this on Thursday when members of Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust visited Kasungu Municipal and District councils, to partner them in advancing hygiene and sanitation issues.
Ngoka said the situation is worrisome as there is nowhere the council can dispose of waste, adding that the problem lies in how to secure land for a dumpsite.
He said: “To secure land for a dumpsite there are issues to do with surveys and impact assessments that need to be solved, so it is difficult to secure such land without looking into these issues.”
Beam Trust executive member Glena Gambatula said they may help when well-wishers come in to assist the trust with vehicles for garbage collection, but was quick to say that there is need to have a proper dump site.
She said: “There is need to have the dump site if we are to secure the vehicles for garbage collection. At some point Beam was supposed to receive about eight skips from well-wishers, but we lost them because we were asked where we were going to be disposing of the garbage if the skips were given to us.”
Kasungu district commissioner the Reverend Moses Chimphepo said there is no way the municipality cannot find dumpsite within its borders. He, however, said the municipal council should formally write him so that he takes up the issue for consideration.