Support the plastic recycling company
Publish Date: Jan 28, 2007
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A new company, Plastic Recycling Industries has started recycling used plastic bottles. The company intends to deal with about half of the 30 tonnes of waste bottles generated daily in Kampala.
This is one of the best initiatives for cleaning up Kampala’s environment.

It will contribute to the much needed clean up of the unsightly environment created by the careless disposal of waste.

Dwellers of some of the largest slums like Kaleerwe and Bwaise where waste bottles have been blocking drainage channels will also benefit from the scheme. The intervention will reduce flooding in the city.

The company intends to pay between sh200 and sh300 for each kilogramme of waste bottles collected and delivered at their premises located at Kinawataka in Kyambogo industrial area.

The company also intends to cause public awareness campaign for city residents not to collect food residues, broken and plastic bottles together.

The company deserves a pat on the back because there has been so much talk about the waste problem without practical solutions to address it.
The new company has appreciated the need for creation of partnership because the stakeholders in waste management are many and no single party can overcome the problem in isolation.

For instance, environmental NGOs can mobilise and create awareness about the linkages between occurrences of diseases and poor waste disposal as well as the benefits of a clean environment.

While Kampala city is under threat of being buried under 2,500 tonnes garbage daily, research studies show that solid waste can be turned into wealth. Wise waste management of garbage can make biogas, organic fertilisers and also provide employment.

The waste management strategy will motivate more companies, researchers and NGOs to address the problem.
We should all support the creation of a waste management strategy that will keep Kampala and other urban centres clean.

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