In a bid to conserve environment in the country, Airtel Malawi has donated a one tonne of waste paper to Dzandi Women’s Group for recycling into various products.
Speaking during the donation ceremony in Lilongwe on Friday, the company’s Public Relations Manager, Edith Tsilizani, said her company has realised that there is need to promote waste recycling to conserve the natural resources for future generations.
“It is our collective duty to promote recycling as a mitigating factor to deforestation. Recycling saves our resources, energy and reduces deforestation,” she said.
Tsilizani said the I tonne waste paper is worth 17 trees which could have been cut in the country’s forest reserves.
She said the company has collected waste papers like used papers, fliers, recharge vouchers and posters from their regional offices and express shops across the country.
She however assured the group that they will be receiving the waste paper from her company in every 3 months.
Chairperson for Dzandi Women’s Group Beatrice Yohane said they collect waste papers to recycle into postcards, notebooks, envelopes and briquettes among others.
“As a group we make a lot of money through the recycling of these waste papers into various items,” she said.
Yohane said most of the items like books, briquettes and envelopes are sold to the communities while postcards are mostly sold to tourists.
Dzandi Women Group found in Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza district started in 2009 and has a membership of 36 women.