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Mulanje Youth Wage War Against Thin Plastics

MULANJE, Malawi 2nd April, 2022 (AEJ) - Two associations namely Nalipiri Vision Youth Association and Vision Sanitation and Waste Management in Mulanje district organised a clean-up campaign to contain the wide spread of thin plastics littering the environment in line with the national clean up campaign.

The activity involved collection of thin plastics and any plastic related litter along Chitakale Trading Center to Mulanje District Council premises on Friday (01st April, 2022).

According to chairman for Vision Sanitation and Waste Management Raphael Naitha plastics are causing a threat to both plant growth and animal lives hence the need for their project to bring long lasting solutions to reduce littering. He appealed for recycling and re-use of plastics to ensure a clean environment.

“It is disheartening to see thin plastics being littered in Mulanje district and elsewhere in Malawi. As such, we thought to organise ourselves in a clean-up activity so that we collect all plastics to use for nursery tree seedling propagation, among other ways of keeping the plastics away from the environment,” Naitha said during the cleaning exercise.

Clearing the blueish thin plastics is the mission of the clean-up campaign - Photo Priscillah Mlenga

Environmental Education Coordinator for Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi in Mulanje, Lester Nanjala commended the youth for caring about the environment through the clean- up campaign.

“It is pleasing to learn that the youth are organising themselves for such environmental management activities. We are going to help these youth in sustaining the initiative to ensure that we create a favourable environment for ecosystem sustainability and survival of different species in the wild,” said Nanjala.

Among the many other organisations condemning plastics littering in Mulanje district are the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust and Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi working in partnership with the District Environment Office.

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