For a cleaner and healthier Windhoek

City launches waste buy-back center
Yolanda Nel
The City of Windhoek launched the waste buy-back centres that will be set up in Windhoek by 2024.
Funded by the European Union to the value of more than N$36 million, this project will strengthen its waste management system, with household and industrial waste continuing to grow. According to mayor Sade Gawanas, the project supports the 2018 National Waste Strategy. “The partnership between the CoW and the City of Bremen recognises that we are part of the United Nation’s agenda 2030 and in line with the 17 sustainable development goals,” she said.
Gawanas said their aim is to recycle 2 000 tonnes of waste with 100 monthly drop-offs by 2025. “About 200 000 residents will be sensitized on waste and recycling and we believe that children are the key catalyst for cultural growth,” she said.
To date, public participation on the environmental impact has been conducted and, “the project has been well received.” The designs and layout has also been finalised, with construction to start shortly.
The primary goal of solid waste management is to reduce and eliminate waste materials and improve the health of the city’s residents. “This project also aims to support economic development and quality of life,” said Fransina Kahungu, chairperson of the council committee on the provision of basic services.
According to Thomas Feidieker, Counsellor for Development Coooperation from the Germany Embassy, on behalf of g Joachim, State Secretary Senate from Bremen, the project aims to tackle the many challenge that comes with urban development. “With our partnerships, we will address sustainable development by improving waste management.”
The two facilities will be set up at Hans-Dietrick Genscher street and near the Mamadu Botanical Gardens in Katutura Township, which has a population of 130 000.
Learners from different schools performed and showcased recycled projects they worked on.