United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished Delegates,
I wish to thank you for according me time to contribute to the discussion
on the review of progress made so far in the area of Waste Management.
The Zambian delegation wishes to associate itself with the statements made
by the representative of Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China.
Let me also take this opportunity to thank the Secretary General for the
Reports that have been prepared for the meeting which the delegation found
extremely useful.
Mr. Chairman,
Waste management poses many challenges around the globe including my
country Zambia.
The main challenges that Zambia faces in waste management are :
? Insufficient capacity for the recovery and recycling of various types of
waste streams such as plastics;
? Insufficient capacity and equipment for municipalities to deal with the
collection, transportation and disposal of waste; and
? Inadequate awareness on sound management of waste and their
impact on human health and the environment.
It is a well known fact that, as cities grow economically, business activity
and consumption patterns drive up solid waste quantities. At the same time,
increased traffic congestion adversely affects the productivity of the solid
waste fleet. Productivity loss is exacerbated by longer hauls required of the
fleet, as suitable land for disposal is pushed further away from urban centers.
The challenge is therefore, to expand services to a rapidly growing urban
population in the midst of other equally competing demands of Government
and local authorities.
Mr. Chairman,
Zambia is one of the most urbanised countries in Africa . Zambia's overall
goal of solid waste management is to collect and dispose of wastes generated
by the population in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.
The Zambian government is making strides in waste management such as
the building of an engineered landfill in Lusaka , the Capital City. This has
resulted in reduced air and ground water pollution arising from waste.
Mr. Chairman,
I wish to reaffirm Zambia's commitment to most of the main international
conventions on waste management . To enhance our efforts to effectively
manage waste from plastic packaging , the country is developing legislation
called Extended Producer Responsibility, that is aimed at discouraging the
production of thin plastic packaging and encourage recycling.
Mr. Chairman,
Zambia has gone further in partnering with the private sector and
community based organizations in waste management. A franchise system
has been implemented in Lusaka and towns in the Copperbelt province or
state, that encourages the participation of the private sector in waste
collection. This has resulted in increased waste collected and disposed and
consequently to cleaner cities.
Zambia is implementing the Keep Zambia Clean and Healthy campaign as a
way of strengthening information dissemination and awareness creation
among members of the public.
Mr. Chairman,
Like many developmental challenges, waste management will require the
co-operation and support of all stake holders at national , regional and
international levels.
I thank you.