Environmental challenges

As beautiful as Zanzibar is, the ever increasing popularity of the island causes quite some issues. The most unsightly is the problem regarding refuse or garbage, which seems to be everywhere.

Resorts usually get their staff to clean “their” beach (all beaches on Zanzibar are public). But where does all that stuff go? And where do the locals drop off their garbage?

Zanzibar does not have dedicated areas in the villages to drop off recycling material, nor do we have a governmental garbage removal system. That’s the reason why villages, beaches and road sides are littered with garbage. Besides the aesthetic issue, it is a serious health concern. Cows and goats eat the plastic. The plastic that’s taken into the ocean by the tides is eaten by the fish and other sea creatures.

A few years ago ZANREC was founded for the collection and recycling of plastic, metal and glass from the resorts, for a monthly fee. The waste from these hotels is collected, separated and recycled, re-used etc and the remainder is dumped at the only official dumpsite on Zanzibar, in Kibele.

However, too many resorts still use local “garbage collectors” that cart away loads of recycling on uncovered pick-up trucks, only to dump it on the other side of the tar roads or a bit further inland. They of course are supposed to bring it to the official dumping site in Kibele, for which they get paid by the resorts – but there is no proof of delivery to that site, the hotels apparently just trust the garbage collectors.

I applaud the resorts who signed up with Zanrec and thereby do their bid to not only make Zanzibar cleaner, but to protect the environment, animals and creatures of the ocean.

If you wish to rather support such a resort by staying there for your vacation, please choose from the list below which I received from Zanrec. I will of course keep the list updated, as the rest of my blog.

South/South East Coast

Albatross Ocean View

Anna of Zanzibar

Assalam

Aya Beach

Baladin

Baraza

Beach House

Belvedere

B4 Beach Club

Blue Oyster

Blue Reef Bungalows

Blue Reef Spot

Breezes

Casa del Mar

Casa Paradise

Clove Island

Dhow Inn

Fun Beach

Garden Beach Bungalows

Hotel on the Rock

Jambiani Residence

Jambiani Villas

Kilimani Kwetu

Kizikula

Kupaga Villas

Laluna

Le Mersenne Beach Resort

Matlai Boutique Hotel

Milele Villas

Mr. Kahawa

Mwezi Boutique Hotel

New Teddy’s on the Beach

NUR

Oxygen

Paje by Night

PiliPili Africa

PiliPili Boutique

Pilipili Garden

PiliPili Ocean Blue

PiliPili Seconda Stella

PiliPili Spot

Quambani

Resilience

Savera

Sharazad

Simba Apartments

The Loop

The Palms

The Residence

The Rock

Tsunami Village

Uhuru PiliPili

Upendo

Uzuri Villa

Villa Mina

Villa Orchid

White Sand

Zanzistar Guesthouse

Zawadi

North/North East Coast

Aqua Resort

Dream Bay

Kena Beach Villas

Kiganja

Kilindi

Sunshine Bay

Sunshine Zanzibar

Warere

Zanzibar House

Zanzibar Queen Hotel

Zanzibar Retreat

Zanzibar Sunrise

Zuri Hotel

Stone Town/West Coast

Verde Hotel

Zanzi Resort