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L’ENVIRONNEMENT EN RDC

Le volume des déchets et ordures ménagers ne cesse d’augmenter en RDC, plus précisément dans la Ville de Bukavu. Plus de 80 % des déchets sont des ordures ménagères non gérés, ce qui présente un danger réel pour l’environnement et la santé humaine. Pourtant, l’environnement, se définissant comme l’ensemble des conditions naturelles susceptible d’agir sur les organismes vivants et les activités humaines, l’article 24 de la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples dispose que : « Tous les peuples ont droit à un environnement satisfaisant et global, propice à leur développement ».
Les déchets étant des biens dévalorisés, déconsidérés et rejetés par son propriétaire, méritent une bonne gestion car les conséquences de la mauvaise gestion de ces derniers, ont un impact sur l’eau, l’air et même sur la terre. Sur l’eau par exemple, il peut y avoir les maladies endémiques et épidémiques comme la malaria, le cholera, qui peuvent ravager nos enfants et même toute la descendance, jusqu’à causer leur mort.
Quant à l’air, les déchets entassés dans la rue, en se dégradant, dégagent souvent des gaz nocifs pour la santé et pour l’environnement. Leur inhalation provoque des maladies respiratoires se manifestant par la toux exagérée et des difficultés à respirer.
Aussi, par la mauvaise gestion des déchets et ordures, la biodiversité est menacée. Le bétail, cherchant à se nourrir des déchets, s’étouffe et meurt et par là, le fermier perd sa force.

C’est ainsi qu’il serait mieux que :
 L’Etat Congolais prenne les mesures nécessaires pour réglementer la gestion, la transformation, le stockage et l’élimination des déchets domestiques ; mais aussi, qu’il veille surtout à ce que les normes appropriées soient respectées pour le stockage, le transport et l’élimination des déchets toxiques ;
 Les ordures ménagères résiduelles soient jetées en Sacs dans la poubelle prévue à cet effet et qu’elles soient collectées deux à quatre fois par mois suivant le quartier ; qu’elles soient transportés après la collection par les Camions de collecte afin d’être incinérées à l’Usine de traitement ;
 Chacun puisse avoir une poubelle chez soi, pouvant lui permettre de jeter les ordures, tout en réduisant le poids de cette dernière par le biais du tri, du compostage et de gestes quotidiens ;
 Chaque ménage utilise un panier au lieu d’un Sac Plastique.

English translation by community member blcrowe

The volume of waste and household garbage just keeps growing in DRC, or more precisely, the city of Bukavu. More than 80% of waste is unmanaged household garbage, which presents a real danger for the environment and for our health. However, the environment is defined as all natural conditions capable of acting on living organisms and human activity. Article 24 of the African Charter of the Rights of Man and the People states that “All people have the right to a satisfactory and global environment, conducive to their development”.

Waste, which consists of devalued, disregarded goods that have been tossed aside, deserves proper management, because the consequences of poor management have an impact on water, air and even the earth. Water, for example, can carry endemic illnesses and epidemics like malaria and cholera, which can devastate our children and any offspring, causing death.

As for the air, waste piled in the streets, left to degrade, often releases noxious gases harmful to our health and to the environment. Inhaling them can cause respiratory diseases, manifested by excessive coughing and difficulty breathing.

Also, due to poor garbage and waste management, biodiversity is threatened. Cattle, looking for nourishment in waste, suffocate and die and as a result, farmers lose their livelihoods.

Therefore, it would be better if:
1. The Congolese state takes the necessary measures to regulate the management, the processing, the storage and elimination of household waste. But also that it ensures that appropriate standards are respected for the storage, transportation and elimination of toxic waste.

2.The residual household garbage is thrown away in bags in the designated garbage cans. It is collected two to four times a month, depending on the neighborhood. It is transported after collection by collection trucks, finally being incinerated at the processing factory.

3.Everyone has a garbage can at their homes, allowing them to throw out their garbage, reducing the weight of the latter through sorting, composting,etc.

4. Each household uses a wastepaper basket instead of a plastic bag.

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Iryna's picture

Save our planet!

I work in environmental NGO, so this kind of problems is the everyday pain in my heart. I support with both hands your suggestions. Instead of decrease the amount of garbage looks like we increase it. Our planet also has limits and we need to take care about it if we want it to take care about us.
You speak about very strong issue, Kasindi Bulambo, please, keep strong your voice, this is the only way to bring changes!
Your soulmate from Ukraine,
Iryna

KASINDI BULAMBO's picture

Hello!

merci d'avoir soutenu mes suggestions. je vais garder ma voix très forte car ici chez nous au Congo, plus précisément dans la ville de Bukavu, ces déchets sont très gênant et en particulier ça m'agace! nous n'avons plus des poubelles publics, les déchets sont jetés sous la route et cela sans contrôle. c'est la raison pour laquelle je parlerai toujours pour voir si un jour, il y aura un changement.

kasindi

blcrowe's picture

Translation

The volume of waste and household garbage just keeps growing in DRC, or more precisely, the city of Bukavu. More than 80% of waste is unmanaged household garbage, which presents a real danger for the environment and for our health. However, the environment is defined as all natural conditions capable of acting on living organisms and human activity. Article 24 of the African Charter of the Rights of Man and the People states that “All people have the right to a satisfactory and global environment, conducive to their development”.

Waste, which consists of devalued, disregarded goods that have been tossed aside, deserves proper management, because the consequences of poor management have an impact on water, air and even the earth. Water, for example, can carry endemic illnesses and epidemics like malaria and cholera, which can devastate our children and any offspring, causing death.

As for the air, waste piled in the streets, left to degrade, often releases noxious gases harmful to our health and to the environment. Inhaling them can cause respiratory diseases, manifested by excessive coughing and difficulty breathing.

Also, due to poor garbage and waste management, biodiversity is threatened. Cattle, looking for nourishment in waste, suffocate and die and as a result, farmers lose their livelihoods.

Therefore, it would be better if:
1. The Congolese state takes the necessary measures to regulate the management, the processing, the storage and elimination of household waste. But also that it ensures that appropriate standards are respected for the storage, transportation and elimination of toxic waste.

2.The residual household garbage is thrown away in bags in the designated garbage cans. It is collected two to four times a month, depending on the neighborhood. It is transported after collection by collection trucks, finally being incinerated at the processing factory.

3.Everyone has a garbage can at their homes, allowing them to throw out their garbage, reducing the weight of the latter through sorting, composting,etc.

4. Each household uses a wastepaper basket instead of a plastic bag.

blcrowe's picture

C'est triste qu'il existe un

C'est triste qu'il existe un tel grand problème des déchets. Je suis d'accord que nous devons faire quelque chose si nous voulons protéger notre monde. Merci d'être une voix forte pour ta ville, et pour lutter pour l'environment. Tu es une inspiration!

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