September, Clean-up Month
September is a highlight on the environmental calendar, as it has been set aside for the purpose of achieving national hygiene. Zimbabwe has since 2009 joined the world during the month, when various stakeholders from all walks of life, participate in cleanup activities, removing waste from the environment. September is the ideal month to clean the country as it precedes the coming of the rainy season. Solid waste in the environment is a menace during the rainy season because it transforms into water and air pollution, and blocks storm drains causing flashfloods in urban areas.
The 2017 cleanup Zimbabwe programmes are already underway, with several players from various sectors initiating cleanup programmes throughout the country. This year’s activities are running under the theme: “Zero tolerance to litter”. The theme is advocating for Zimbabweans to shun littering, thus controlling land pollution from point of generation by placing waste in a bin or on designated facilities.
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