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GCC embarks on programme to make the city green


Own Correspondent 
Gweru City Council has embarked on greening initiatives as parts of
efforts to ensure environmental sustainability, Gweru Gazette has
established.
Mayor, Josiah Makombe said the green city concept initiative is an
ongoing exercise which council recently started with the greening of
streets and parks as the first phase.
“The city has embarked on greening of Lobengula road from corner
Eighth Street to Kopje road,” Makombe said.
“Maintenance of the Civic Centre Park and greening of Robert Mugabe
Street is an ongoing exercise.”
He however said the green enterprise was being hindered by the local
authority old tractors and a tractor drawn slasher which was
constantly breaking down.
Makombe however said despite the setback the city would strive to
provide for recreational spaces, parks and greenbelts.
He said the Midlands capital would also endeavour to preserve its
wetlands and other areas that are ecologically sensitive.
The city boss also said council would soon launch a waste management
plan since most (of the waste) is bio-degradable material that could
be turned into green energy.
“As one of the preparedness ways to address the solid waste challenges
the city will be launching the five year Gweru Integrated Waste
Management Plan,” said Makombe.
“The emphasis on the contents of the plan is the third concept
reduction at source, reuse of materials and recycling. The plan will
unlock the value of waste through various waste-to-energy activities
and recycling among other waste income generating projects.”
Environmental experts say the gas that forms from decomposing rubbish
and refuse escape into the atmosphere contributing to greenhouse
gasses which add to climate change

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