Wednesday, 29th March 2023, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: – East African Business Council GIZ-GFA, Azania Bank, Salinero Hotel, Coca-Cola Bonite Bottlers, A to Z Textiles Mills, Tanzania Coffee Association and Tanzania Horticulture Association jointly commemorate the International Day of Zero Waste.
Speaking at the Official opening at Mashujaa Ground, the Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro, represented by Hon. Kisare Makori said the Government of the Republic of Tanzania under the visionary leadership of H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan is committed to promoting an enabling environment for business and realization of sustainable development goals.
“We are proud that Kilimanjaro is the first region in Tanzania to celebrate the International Day on Zero Waste.” Hon. Kisare Makori District Commissioner of Kilimanjaro.
He lauded called for more public sensitization campaigns and closer collaboration among actors on Zero waste and environment conservation initiatives.
Hon. Emmanuela Kaganda, District Commissioner of Arumeru urged investors to take up business opportunities in the circular economy such as waste recycling.
On his part, Mr. John Bosco Kalisa said “United Nations General Assembly formally recognized the importance of zero-waste initiatives and proclaimed 30th March as International Day of Zero Waste.”
He said Waste generation globally is rising and is estimated at 2.24 billion tonnes equivalent to a footprint of 0.79 kilograms per person per day. With rapid urbanization and population growth, annual waste generation is expected to increase by 73% from 2020 levels to 3.88 billion tonnes in 2050. (World Bank).
Article 111 of the Treaty for the establishment of EAC tasks Partner States to take a coordinated approach to protect the environment for sustainable development.
Businesses in East Africa under the umbrella of EABC are committed to champion circular economy and Zero waste initiatives to create more jobs for the youthful population. For instance, the Polyethylene Terephthalate Recycle Company in (PETPRO) Tanzania targets to collect and recycle 12.5 million tons of plastic waste and create 5,000 jobs.
Over 100 Officials from East African Business Council GIZ-GFA, Azania Bank, Salinero Hotel, Coca-Cola Bonite Bottlers, A to Z Textiles Mills, Tanzania Coffee Association, Tanzania Horticulture Association, Zaidi Recyclers and the general public joined efforts to clean the Manyema Market in Moshi Municipality.
Bonite Bottlers officially handed over a donation of cleaning equipments and gears to the District Commission of Kilimnajro.
The EAC CEO Round Table on International Day for Zero Waste slated tomorrow at Salinero Hotel will further deliberate on strategies and solutions to unlocking the Circular Economy and Zero Waste Opportunities in Manufacturing and Agriculture Sector in EAC.