With the world under pressure to go green and be alive to all activities that may do permanent harm to the environment, the CEO of the Citizen Economic Development Agency (CEDA) Thabo Thamane, has said going green may actually be used as a viable model of job creation and citizen empowerment. Thamane said this when officiating at the launch of Zero Waste BW logo in Gaborone on Tuesday. Zero Waste BW is an initiative of Waste Management specialists Prime Projects. This initiative, slated for launch in a two-day symposium in October, will see the company embark on a drive to engage companies to adopt environmentally sustainable practices that drastically reduce the volume of solid waste being sent to landfills. According to Thamane, it’s almost impossible nowadays for everybody to find full time employment hence the need for Batswana to create job opportunities for themselves. He said it was even more favourable if the fields in which people decide to engage in not only create employment opportunities but serve other purposes in which the nation benefit positively. “When Prime Projects approached us to let us in on their Zero Waste BW initiative, we saw it fit to come on board and support this very noble cause. CEDA is open to investing in businesses that deal with waste and recycling, among many others,” he said.
Thamane said based on the fundamental principles of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, he personally see many business opportunities that Batswana can take advantage of. This, he said, is evidenced by the current boom in the re-use of retail pallets and car tyres; which prove that people have developed ingeniously innovative ways to make furniture from these things that would have otherwise been discarded as waste. According to Thamane, figures from the Gamodubu landfill show that about 70 million kilogrammes were received in the year 2015. Almost 600 thousand of which was made of tyres and although tyres are 100% recyclable, the percentage of the tyres salvaged from the waste was only just over 12%. This, he said, further adds credence to the cause that Prime Projects has embarked on. Thamane pledged CEDA support for the Zero Waste BW initiative, especially the upcoming waste symposium slated for October 2016 which will be the first of its kind in Botswana. “CEDA is proud to be a part of this global initiative. As an organisation we are committed to rallying behind Prime Projects as they embark on this flagship initiative and will support it for the betterment of not only the environment, but for the collective that is Botswana, and the world as a whole,” Thamane said.
The Zero Waste BW Symposium will be led by industry experts in the field of recycling and waste management. During the symposium, speakers will address key issues relating to the subject and Prime Projects will also take the opportunity to showcase designs for their recycling stations which they seek to offer full service to supply, install and service to clients who support Zero Waste BW. Driven by the global green fundamental principles of Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle; the Zero Waste BW Symposium will also feature a fashion show with a difference where designers will be given the opportunity to showcase designs that are made from recycled material.