Unattended solid waste adversely impacting environment: Shifeta

06 Jun 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – Unattended solid waste can have an adverse impact on the environment and the socio-economic wellbeing of Namibians, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has said.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Tourism Expo under the theme ‘Recycle’ here on Wednesday, Shifeta said solid waste management is one of the most serious environmental issues commonly ignored, adding that the tourism sector has been negatively affected by litter and irresponsible waste disposal.
He said the tourism sector depends highly on a clean environment and can thus suffer long-lasting negative impacts caused by pollution and the lack of waste management.
“It is of utmost importance to create a lasting impression of Namibia as a clean destination by upholding principles of reducing, recycling and re-using waste,” he said.
Shifeta further noted that recycling will not only help combat global warming, but could also create treasures from trash and turn into wealth.
He said there is a need to raise awareness on the importance of recycling in order to address the issue of solid waste in the country.
“We can only address the root causes of waste and pollution if all sectors work together through sharing resources and harmonising policies and legislation to halt and reverse the challenge of waste and pollution within the borders of destination management.
He noted that the ministry has led by example by banning the use of plastic bags within national parks in 2018.
The expo started on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.