Harare City Council is carrying an educational campaign in partnership with Kimberly Clark manufacturers of Huggies Diapers and Kotex Sanitary pads in the safe disposal of diapers.
The campaign, targeting all the City’s 46 wards began with Kuwadzana and Mufakose.
Speaking during the campaign launch in Mufakose recently, Zimbabwe and Zambia Huggies Diapers and Kotex Sanitary Pads Customer Manager Gerald Greig said residents should be educated on the correct use and disposal of diapers which have become an environmental menace in the City.
“We are very delighted to be working with Harare City Council and contributing to the communities in environmental health awareness. The environment is very important to us that is why we are providing awareness to the residents on how they can correctly dispose of their diapers so that we will have a clean environment. We hope to work with council throughout the year 2016,” said Greig.
The awareness campaigns in Mufakose and Kuwadzana were well attended by women eager to learn about the disposal of diapers.
Some of the residents had questions on the diapers disposal.
“How do I dispose of the diapers when I am travelling a long journey in a bus,” asked one resident Mazvita Magarazano.
“Can you provide agents who do door to-door information dissemination so that everyone is aware of this proper diapers disposal,” said Dorothy Mineshi a resident.
Huggies Diapers and Kotex Sanitary Pads Promoter Melbo Munyuki said when disposing of the diapers one has to first remove the waste with water and dispose of the waste in a toilet.
“After removing the waste with water, fold the diaper and put it in a separate plastic bag and then wait for the City’s Waste Management team to come and collect the plastic bag. Do not put the plastic bag in the same bin that you put your day to day waste,” said Melbo Munyuki.
Ward 35 Councillor Enock Mupamawonde is happy with the programme. He said it was a solution in the management of diapers.
“It is a good thing that Mufakose residents want a clean environment. Let’s use the education that we have received today. The education will help us and even the waste management team”, he said.
Councillor Wilton Janjazi of Ward 38 (Kuwadzana) encouraged the manufacturers of diapers to go a step further and provide bins in the City as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
“We appreciate the awareness programmes but there is need to also provide bins and come up with a lasting solution to the diapers disposal problem. The idea is to have a sustainable programme that deals with the environment one and for all.” Noted Councillor Janjazi.
Council is working with stakeholders whose products end as litter in programmes to ensure sustainability in clean up programmes.