By Confidente Reporter
AFTER a successful clean-up of Kuisebmond in September, the Walvis Bay Municipality’s TeamUP2CleanUP community campaign took to the streets of Narraville last Wednesday, to collect 176 black bags of litter, which weighed about 151 kilograms.
A total of 170 residents participated in the Narraville clean-up campaign.
Starting at the Narraville Community Hall, the motivated group of participants collected litter in the main streets and on the outskirts of the suburb.
It took them a little more than two hours to achieve this feat, as most thoroughfares were relatively unsoiled.
Illegal dumping and littering, however, is not a small issue in Walvis Bay and residential areas are sometimes filled with building rubble, animal carcases, domestic and mixed waste.
A total of N$2.3 million a year is spent to keep Walvis Bay’s streets, parks, roadways and public spaces clean, and this figure exclude the cost impacts on the health of residents and on the environment.
It’s no surprise that an increase in illegal dumping creates health hazards and the Walvis Bay Municipality has raised concerns regarding the cleanliness of various areas in the city.
Keeping the environment clean is a collective responsibility and a new culture of keeping Walvis Bay clean is needed.
The municipality’s TeamUP2CleanUP project is an initiative to involve the community, which assumes an active role in caring for their town.
At the opening ceremony of the campaign in Narraville, Walvis Bay Municipality Chief Executive Officer, Muronga Haingura, encouraged the community to be good stewards of their environment, as a clean neighbourhood makes residents feel safer and improves their quality of life.
“If we cannot sustain the city, we cannot sustain ourselves,” he said.
TeamUP2CleanUP will take place on a quarterly basis and the next instalment is earmarked for February 2018. More details will be communicated soon, via the media.
TAmong the participants, who took part in Narraville campaign, were Rooikop Military Base personnel, the Narraville community, Walvis Bay residents, councillors, municipal staff and members of the Walvis Bay Junior Municipal Council.
TeamUP2CleanUP is a Walvis Bay Municipality initiative aimed to consolidate efforts that make a difference, by encouraging the general public to take responsibility and participate in keeping their environment clean. Earmarked to take place on a quarterly basis, the project was launched in September 2017, with Kuisebmond being the first suburb that was cleaned.
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