This year, the 15th September will mark the first World Cleanup Day, where millions of people in 150 countries around the world join together for the largest positive civic led mass action in history as they stand up against the global mismanaged waste problem by cleaning up roads, parks, beaches, forests, and riversides.
The birth of the Let’s Do It movement was in 2008 in Estonia, under the theme Let’s Do It, where a force of 50,000 volunteers joined hands and cleaned the entire country in just 5 hours. The Let’s Do It Campaign has now spread across the world to 150 countries. Its goal is to unite 5% of the global population in a massive cleanup action – World Cleanup Day.
Nipe Fagio is proud to be the appointed lead in Tanzania by the Let’s Do It Global Foundation. However, this ambitious mission is only possible via a coalition of multi-sector partners who believe that change is possible.
This campaign has been endorsed by the Government of Tanzania, Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government, Hon Jafo and his Ministry.
The goal in Tanzania is to engage 1.1million people (5% of the working age population) in cleaning up waste hotspots across Tanzania and removing 16,500 tons of illegally dumped trash, leading up to and on World Cleanup Day.
The Tanzanian chapter of this cleanup drive will feature a minimum of 30 massive cleanup sites in Dar es Salaam across all 5 municipalities, and two massive cleanups in each of the eight selected regions; Mwanza, Arusha, Moshi, Tanga, Dodoma, Morogoro, Iringa and Zanzibar.
“The Let’s Do It! Tanzania is a timely campaign as it is essential to combat the chronic human and environmental health problems we face in our communities as a result of poor waste management. Rapid urbanization across the country results in rising levels of pollution and illegal dumping in urban areas. Communities become desensitized to trash – a condition called Trash Blindness”, says Nipe Fagio Managing Executive Director, Ana Le Rocha.
According to the Globalization and Waste management report released in 2012, more than 3.5 billion people do not have access to the most elementary waste management services. Tanzania Bureau of Statistics – 2012 reports that only 5% of waste is regularly collected, 37% is buried, 31% is dumped, 23% is burnt, the balance is dumped along road sides. Improvements have been made since then, however the best waste practices challenge is still enormous. According to the Dutch Integrated Solid Waste Report 2017 only 25% of Dar es Salaam’s garbage gets to the only legal disposal site at Pugu
“We believe that through this country wide collaborative effort we can promote improved hygiene and sanitation practice, create business opportunities, raise property values, promote tourism and improve community standards with opportunities to enjoy clean, attractive and safe recreational activities while having a fun day coming together as a community, says Nipe Fagio ED.
World Cleanup Day is civic action driven by determined people and empowered by technology. During the lead-up to 15 September, the global community is using technology to map the locations, amounts, and types of waste that needs to be cleaned up and managed. The World Cleanup app enables anyone to quickly map the waste in their neighborhood, creating valuable data for science, policy makers and cleanup organisers and visualising the mismanaged waste problem on both local and global level.
The aim of the World Cleanup Day is not just to move towards better waste handling, but also to raise awareness both locally and globally about the severity of the situation. And more importantly – to support and connect a new generation of community leaders ready to act together to find lasting solutions.
There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 unless we change our ways:
According to the National Geographic report in June 2018, almost half of the plastic existing today, has been produced during the last 15 years. Plastic debris tends to accumulate at the centre of ocean gyres. The North Pacific Gyre, for example, has collected the so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, which is now estimated to be about three times the size of France (approximately from 700,000 to 1, 6 million km2).
And every year 4,8 – 12,7 million tones of plastic find its way into our oceans from the coastal areas and river ways. That is 15 bags filled with plastic waste per every meter for all the coastal lines in the world if all this waste was put on lined up trucks, the line would stretch around the world 24 times, according to research by Jemma Jambeck, of the University of Georgia in 2015.
That also equals dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050, notes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report in 2016. Moreover, from all the plastic ever made, only 9% has been recycled, according to Jemma Jambeck in a National Geographic report in 2018.
“Cleaning the beaches and public areas sounds like something that has already been done. But our mission is not to be cleaning, but to actually get rid of the waste, for good” says Heidi Solba, one of the leaders of the Let’s Do It movement and part of the World Cleanup Day organising team.
In essence, the Let’s Do It! is not only about World Cleanup Day, it is about working with partners, government and global institutions to lobby for policies and practices which bring about true sustainable change to a zero waste and circular economy, and achieve our final goal – a world without waste.
“Any large initiative like this one would simply not be possible without the help of volunteers, sponsorship and donations, and Nipe Fagio invites individuals and companies interested in in this golden opportunity to get involved in this clean up endeavor. Nipe Fagio is grateful to our many committed partners and volunteers”, says Ms. Ana.
What has been done by Nipe Fagio and partners to date:
- Appointed leaders in 9 cities / towns. Arusha, Mwanza, Tanga, Moshi, Morogoro, Dodoma, Zanzibar, Bagomoyo, and Iringa.
- Created committees with several implementing partners in Dar es Salaam being: Green Waste Pro; Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots; Vicoba for Sustainable Development; Femina Hip; JCI (Junior Chamber International); Zaidi Recycling; The Recycler; Freight Forwarders and SBS; Eco Makazi; Lions Club Tanzania; Aqua Farms; GNRC; Muhimbili University; Raleigh Intl; ACRA, HOT and Ramani Huria Mapping Team.
- Engaged with local government agencies – TOA (TZ Osaka Alumni); PO RALG /TAMESEMI; Dar City Council; all 5 municipalities in Dar; RAIS (Regional Administration), Regional Commissioners office, NEMC; Ministry of Environment
- Conducted over 10 multi-stakeholder Let’s Do It TZ introduction events
- Conducted over 15 Trainer of Trainer capacity building workshops to different organizations.
- Facilitated or supported over 70 pre-cleanup events, including in some regions, with a plan to have at least one pre-cleanup every weekend in Dar, up to end August, and 2 per region before WCD.
- Presented to Government officers involved in World Bank TZ Strategic Cities Program (TSPC), and TSCP will discuss use of earth moving equipment needs and support.
- With the help of our teams across the country and 500 students from HOT – Ramani Huria Mapping Teams, mapped over 20,000 waste hotspots with a plan to run a national mapping challenge from August 20-26th.
List of Sites in Dar es Salaam:
|Tandare kwa Tumbo|
|Mto Ngani Kunduchi|
|Mbezi ya Kimara|
|Mbagala za Kheim|
|Buza – Majumba 3|
|Ferry Fish Market|
At the same time, Nipe Fagio takes this opportunity to thank financial contributors to date: Sumaria Group, Nabaki Afrika, Aquilia Foundation and Songas, Green Waste Pro, Southern Sun (for hosting this and other events) Azura for hosting events; Endelevu Mkaa for garbage bag contribution; Amic Design and DJPA.
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