Kampala Minister, Beti Kamya. Photo/File
Soon garbage in the city will be treasured like gold. This is because plans are under way, to establish a company, which will convert the garbage collected from the city divisions into raw materials.
Kampala Minister Beti Kamya revealed that Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is among the key partners in this project.
“We are busy working on this programme. The company will use both human waste and garbage, to make raw materials,” she said.
Kamya was reluctant to reveal much about the project especially on the type of raw materials, expected to be produced from garbage. But KCCA had earlier announced that it was to intensify the collection of plastic waste for recycling.
Kamya is also optimistic that this project will create many jobs for the city dwellers and maintain good hygiene.
“Of course, this project will increase on Government tax base,” she added.
KCCA estimates that with about 1.5 million people living and working in the city, about 1500 tonnes are generated every day.
All the drainage channels in Kampala are ever sealed off due to waste products, causing floods, during the rainy seasons.
When the plant starts to operate, the authority will create different collecting centres, where garbage will be picked, then taken for recycling.
The city authority contracted three private companies to collect garbage in the five city divisions. These include Home KLIN Uganda Ltd, Nabugabo UP Deal and Consortium Uganda.
But some city dwellers recently complained to Kamya about their area private garbage collectors.
Kamya acknowledged that there is public cry especially on the service fees, charged by some firms. Those affected mostly are in Rubaga and Makindye divisions.