DEPUTY Minister in the Vice President's Office for Environment Luhaga Mpina has said the country lacks a special machine to destroy collected solid waste, a situation that was resulting in increased spread of dirt in towns and cities.
Mpina made the statement when addressing chemical importers in Dodoma Region over the weekend. He urged them to come up with a request with specifications for such a machine, its size and the capacity for the government to set budget for it.
He said most of the solid waste and garbage collected all over the country was destroyed locally, hence causing environmental degradation.
“There are times when garbage collectors cannot find a place to dump waste…as a nation we must have machines that are capable of destroying solid waste,” said Mpina, who insisted that the government was willing to finance construction of such a machine.
The deputy minister called on the importers to review the available environmental laws since there were some them who contravened laws and regulations.
Mpina said Tanzania was home to a number of institutions dealing with importation and supervision of chemicals but they rarely met to discuss challenges facing them.
“Yo should be meeting to discuss these issues…environmental and waste management are very important,” Mpina noted.
He directed companies to make sure they were sharing all information on importation of chemicals, their use and destruction with authorities at the National Environment Management Council (NEMC).