Environment week launched in Kigali
Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, 10:18
Dr. Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister for Environment has called on industrialists to invest in alternatives to plastics in order to safeguard health of Rwandans and the environment.
"I encourage investment in alternatives to plastics that are better for our health and the environment. Some of the biggest sources of plastic waste include bottles, straws, cups, plates and cutlery - that you often see at meetings and traditional gatherings like weddings," said Dr. Biruta.
Rwanda was the first African country to succeed in the fight against plastics. "Beat plastic pollution" is the theme for this year's World Environment Day.
The minister has extended gratitude to the government agencies that have taken a lead in the fight against plastics by resorting to alternatives such as water dispensers which are gradually replacing disposable plastics.
As a first step, agencies are no longer using disposable plastics. We have installed water dispensers and have replaced bottles with glasses and cups in our offices and meetings. I wish to thank government institutions which have joined this campaign," adds Dr. Biruta.
Dr. Biruta made the remarks Tuesday morning at the launch of a high-level policy conference on strategies and mechanism to address plastic pollution in the capital Kigali.
Dr.Biruta and Fode Ndiaye
Dr. Biruta has highlighted the dangers of single use of plastics to the environment.
"Single use plastics are damaging our rivers, wetlands, and farmlands. They also pose a risk to our health. Like all rubbish, plastic waste blocks drains and waterways," said Dr. Biruta.
Fode Ndiaye United Nations - Rwanda Resident Coordinator said Rwanda is a model country in the area of environment protection.
"Environmental protection has become one of Rwanda's highest priorities - as stated in the country's constitution: Everyone has the right to a clean and healthy environment," observed Ndiaye