A major blitz through the three main towns of Mnquma Local Municipality and surrounding areas improved environmental cleanliness and also helped to clean up negative perceptions about our area.

In the latest efforts to improve environmental cleanliness and minimise air pollution, about 200 workers from the Community Services Directorate embarked on a clean-up campaign in Butterworth, Centane and Ngqamakhwe.

In April this year, Mnquma Local Municipality won the Greenest Award competition after outshining six other local municipalities in the Amathole District Municipality. The achievement was complemented with R50 000 in prize money which was used to purchase equipment such as blowers, grass cutters and trimmers. The equipment was officially handed over to the municipality soon afterwards.

As a qualification criteria, a team of inspectors in the environmental affairs sectors visit competing municipalities to assess their landscaping zones, maintenance of community parks, security at waste disposal or dumping sites, distance from residential areas, and waste collection methods, among others.

Environmental cleanliness is a responsibility of different role players and community members are urged to support the municipality‚Äôs efforts. People can play their part by making use of garbage bins around town to throw waste in and that would make a great difference.