United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has managed to install about 33 used oil receptacle tanks countrywide in order to curb the indiscriminate disposal of waste oil to the environment.

Oarabile Serumola, director in the department of waste management, on Friday made this revelation when addressing an environmental consultative workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city.

She said these tanks will be used to curb the rampant and indiscriminate disposal of used oil in the environment.

Serumola said it is upon the communities of the southern African country to make maximum use of the facilities availed to them.

It is imperative for communities to use the facilities because hazardous contaminants from virgin oil from motorized transport expose the environment, human beings, plants and other life forms to diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses, she said.

She said it is important to protect Botswana’s water bodies from hazardous chemicals since 65 percent of the southern African country’s population of an estimated 2.1 million people depends on ground water for domestic use and the rest depends on surface water like dams. Enditem

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