MET receives solid waste management equipment for Etosha

24 Sep 2014 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) received equipment worth almost N.dollars 3 million from the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) here on Tuesday.
The donation forms part of MCA-N’s tourism project in support of the ministry’s efforts to effectively implement sound solid waste management practices at the Etosha National Park.
These consist of five trucks (one five-tonne truck with a crane, one three-tonne truck, and three two-tonne trucks); one Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4; 900 wheelie bins; 250 one-cubic metre storage bags; 30 paper-recycling boxes; and two deep-freezers.
The Ministry of Environment's Deputy Director of Regional Services and Park Management, Boas Erkki said during the handing-over ceremony that the donation came at the right time as the MET is currently busy addressing waste management in protected areas.
“The waste is a threat to our wildlife and biodiversity. As a result, the MET has formed a task team, with a consultant already appointed in 2013, which resulted in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) drawing up a comprehensive national solid waste management strategy for protected areas,” he noted.
Waste and recycling at Etosha will be collected from rooms, campsites, staff rooms, kitchens, restaurants and offices.
It will then be separated according to waste types (glass, plastic, metal) into wheelie bins.
The five trucks will be used to collect and transport recyclable materials at Okaukuejo and Ombika (situated within the park) to the holding area, where materials will be separately stored in the storage bags and then transported to Windhoek for recycling purposes.
The deep-freezers will be used to store food waste at the kitchens and restaurants at Okaukuejo before collection by local pig farmers from local communities in the Serinkob area.
The Land Cruiser will be used by the MET for monitoring and supervising activities across the park.