Illegal dumpsites a health hazard: Ema

Source: Illegal dumpsites a health hazard: Ema – NewsDay Zimbabwe


THE Environmental Management Agency (Ema) has bemoaned the mushrooming of illegal dumpsites in urban areas across the country, adding that they were posing a serious health hazard, especially during the rainy season.

Ema spokesperson Liberty Mugadza yesterday told NewsDay that children’s health was at risk due to illegal dumpsites.

“Illegally dumped materials contain toxic substances, sharp objects, nappies, contaminated medical waste, asbestos and tyres, just to mention a few.  These materials pose serious health and safety risks to children and animals that may pick them up, eat or play with them,” Mugadza said.

Wildlife expert Cephas Shonhiwa said illegal dumping of waste affected the ecosystem.

“Animals such as birds, elephants and others, which are part of the ecosystem may be contaminated by bacteria contained in trash which may lead to the spread of diseases among animals through different food chains,” Shonhiwa said.

Solid waste management has been a serious public health and environmental concern in urban areas, and developing countries are the worst affected, especially African cities.

Huge piles of waste, old household items, construction waste or used products are often dumped by the roadside, in forests, or at non-designated dumpsites.

Climate change experts encourage recycling of waste to mitigate environmental pollution.


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    Mukanya 4 months ago

    The illegal dumpsites mushrooming in urban areas, the blame lies squarely on the urban authorities, as an example in high density suburbs, removal of waste is very erratic in terms of its collection…its done maybe once in two months..

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    Ndonga 4 months ago

    Illegal dumpsites or fly tips are also big problems here in the UK.
    Here they have special investigation units that examine the rubbish tipped to try and find clues as to who were the last owners of the rubbish.
    These clues are then followed up to identify and locate the last owners of the rubbish.
    When they are identified and located, they are pressured to identify the person or outfit that they used to dispose rid of the rubbish.
    From there prosecutions take place to punish the dumpers of the rubbish.
    Just imagine all this investigative work being done in our Zimbabwe!