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Environment Minister calls for use of waste to enhance economic growth, job creation.

Friday, 15th July, 2022

MBABANE: Moses Vilakati, the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs has called for the utilization of waste for job creation and economic growth.

Speaking during the official launch of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association in Manzni on Thursday, the Minister said circular economy approaches on waste management showed strong synergies with other priorities in the economic policies of the country.

He said the intersection between waste management and circular economy promotes domestic industries, economic diversification, job creation and reducing import dependencies in many value chains.

“There is a need to improve waste management chains across the country whilst simultaneously reaping socio-economic benefits. We need buy-back facilities and recycling infrastructure which would stimulate the diversion of waste streams from landfills,” said the Minister when quoted by Government online platforms.

On another note ,the Minister said a recycling economy in Eswatini can only be realised through maximum community involvement. 

“Metals reclaiming is one of the most established waste value chains and a globally competitive industry that provides essential secondary raw material for metals manufacture, which in turn enables a significant reduction in use of energy and virgin resources,” said the Minister as reported by Government online platforms.

Environment Minister calls for use of waste to enhance economic growth, job creation.
Environment Minister Moses Vilakati during the official launch of the Scrap Association(pic: Gov).