16 February 2013

Zambia: NCC Pursues Driver Over Illegal Waste Dumping

THE Ndola City Council is pursuing a truck driver and a private firm for dumping solid waste in an undesignated area.

The council has since impounded the truck and confiscated four wheelbarrows belonging to the perpetrators.

Council public relations manager Roy Kuseka said the owner of the truck had since been charged with contravening solid waste management regulations.

Mr Kuseka said the Leyland truck registration number ACH 2094 that was being driven by Oscar Sichilima was reported to have been dumping solid waste in Mushili Township.

"In the same vein the council and police are pursuing a similar case involving a canter truck registration number ACH 4156 owned by EMB Engineering Works and General Suppliers of Ndola whose driver was caught illegally dumping waste together with Mr Sichilima.," he said.

He said both drivers were found illegally disposing of garbage at the same time.

"Illegal dumping of waste is an offence under Section 54 of the Environmental Management Act of 2011; Section 67 of the Public Health Act Cap 295 and Regulation 2 of the Local Government (Street Vending

Nuisances) of 2007," he said.

He said the council would engage waste transporters to service zones through collection of refuse from points of generation.

Mr Kuseka said residents and business owners would be required to subscribe to the garbage collection system and that the council was putting in place measures in line with regulations.

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