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SSWMB and Tear Fund Org signs MOU to establish recycling unit

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Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and Tearfund Organization to establish two Haryali Hub (recycling unit) in district Malir, and Kemari, Karachi. Zubair Ahmed Channa MD from SSWMB, and Jonathan Johnson Country Director Tearfund, & Sumayya Sajjad Project Director UKAID Match Project signed the agreement on behalf of Tearfund UK based organization.

Under the project, a public awareness campaign will be launched on health and environmental issues highlighted from research work by London School of Tropical Medicines and Hygiene, and Mehran University. This is a Match funded project by UKAID to establish the Haryali Hub recycling unit.

On the occasion, Managing Director SSWMB Mr. Zubair Channa said that the MOA is signed to support the waste management and recycling agenda and in the first phase it shall start from some UCs in district Malir, and Kemari.

Mr. Jonathan Johnson, Country Director Tearfund expressed his views that the recycling unit will be working in two UCs of district Malir, and two UCs of district Kemari, where segregated waste will be collected from 12,000 households from both districts. He further added that the recycling unit will not only be providing employment opportunities for locals, but will also have a significant positive impact on beautification of the area, improving the environment and the health of the people.

In the Haryali Hub project, a behavior change campaign will be launched where citizens will be provided information by Tearfund staff on how to keep kitchen waste and other dry waste separate, and that segregated waste will be picked from households by SSWMB vehicles to Haryali Hub (recycling unit), where these waste will be recycling and producing compost from kitchen waste, plastic bricks and other products from dry products.

Circular economy is a new way of thinking about the world our current way of doing thing is linear, we take natural resources, use them and then throw them away, and at this end point all energy, water, materials used in making these items are thrown away, so the project is focused on solving the waste problems, creating jobs and tackling climate change and saving life, said Sumayya Sajjad, Project Director Tearfund.

Tearfund will be operating Haryali Hub (recycling unit) for two years, and later it shall be handed over to Sindh Solid Waste Management, and all expenses and maintenance will be managed by this sustainable model of Haryali Hub.

During the MOA signing ceremony, Director Operations SSWMB Tariq Nizamani, Secretary SSWMBTahir Shahbaz, Syed Junaid Bashir, Coordinator Tearfund and other officers joined the ceremony.

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