Salima District Council has formulated refuse and rubble management by-laws aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene in the district.
District commissioner (DC) Rodney Simwaka said councillors are expected to discuss and pass the by-laws during their meeting in February 2017.
In an interview on Sunday, the DC sounded optimistic that the by-laws will significantly enhance proper management, collection, transportation, and disposal of waste within the district and beach.
Said Simwaka: The by-laws, among others, compel owners of grocery shops, hawkers, and stalls to have small waste baskets and bins where customers can dump items such as airtime scratch cards, fizzy drinks cans.
“We want to empower everybody to take responsibility for waste management in their town.”
Salima District Council chairperson Richard Nthala expressed hope that the general improvement in sanitation and hygiene will also trigger a boom in tourists visiting the district.
Nthala has since asked fellow councillors to provide full support to the by-laws once they are brought before the “full council meeting”. n