Lilongwe — Founder and Executive Director of Our World International (OWI) Steven Chiunjira on Monday advised young people in the country to take waste management as a lifestyle by engaging in sustainable waste management.
Chiujira said youth at OWI have organized a sensitization meeting on July 23,2016 that will see young people from different primary and secondary schools from Chioko zone in Lilongwe showcasing various activities in regards to waste management.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency Chiunjira said the function will try to address waste management issues for example how wastes can be turned into raw materials that can be used for organic farming and recycling.
"Waste management is not in a good shape in Malawi but the truth is that it is possible to have a working waste management system in the country when we have an understanding of a shared vision that every time you throw waste into an undesignated area you are bringing in preventable diseases." He said
He added: "Unless we educate our fellow countrymen and youths about the dangers and benefits of waste in our homes and churches waste will continue to bring dangers to our communities and that is why OWI is determined to leave no stone unturned to reverse the imminent and inevitable impact of irresponsible disposal of waste."
Chiunjira said OWI has clubs in different schools across Chioko zone that comprise all schools across Kawale, area 23 and Chilinde.
Chiunjira won first position of the Total Malawi Startupper of the year challenge worth MK5.5Million.
He said some of the proceeds from the award has been has been used to organize the function that will sensitize the youths on sustainable waste management.