The waste generated in Zimbabwe presents opportunities for the waste recycling industry. Waste is waste to one but to another is a raw material to produce something “new”.  The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is working with several innovators who have identified a niche in using what others feel like discarding as their raw materials.  This is known as recycling. Some communities who might be lacking in technology and resources have identified opportunities in becoming tributaries to recycling entrepreneurs adopting waste recovery and collecting as their core livelihood strategy by Converting Trash to Cash.”   

What is ‘Trash to Cash?

Trash to Cash means deriving monetary benefits from waste. It aims to bring out business opportunities in waste management so that different stakeholders can play a part in waste management.  As such, waste will under this concept bear a price tag.  Corporates have invested in the recycling industry while some communities organized themselves into groups and pool resources to be tributaries, streaming back waste from where it is discarded to the recycling firms.   Should we return all the waste to where it originated, this is the panacea to waste management challenges facing the country.



The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is a statutory body established under the Environmental Management Act (CAP 20:27). The Agency is responsible for ensuring the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and the protection of the environment.   It is a parastatal in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate.

The Agency was formed through the merging of the Department of Natural Resources, the ZINWA Water Quality Section and the Hazardous Substances and Atmospheric Pollution sections of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. EMA became operational in 2007.

The Agency has two functional departments which are the Environmental Protection (EP) and the Environmental Management Services (EMS). The EP department provides environmental protection services and laboratory analytical services whilst EMS provides environmental research, planning and monitoring as well as environmental education and information dissemination.


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The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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