KCCA to re-introduce containers to stop waste dumping in drainage
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has revealed that it will re-introduce containers to deal with the garbage problem in the city.
In many informal settlements in the suburbs like Mutungo, Biina, Namuwongo, Kawempe, Bwaise, Kamwokya and Kabalagala, people keep rubbish until it threatens to rain then they dump it in drainage channels.
And when it eventually does not rain, the rubbish is left in the drainage channels. As a result, many channels are clogged with rubbish which partially contributes to the flooding that is synonymous with Kampala whenever it rains.
According to Dr James Semuwemba , the acting deputy director in the directorate of Public Health and Environment at KCCA, dumping garbage with the hope of rain washing it away is one of the vices that is curtailing attempts to collect garbage and keep Kampala city clean.
Dr Semuwemba estimates about 1,800 tonnes of waste are generated in Kampala a day but only about 1,100 tonnes are collected.
“Some people are simply lazy and resistant especially in the slum areas. They do not want to come out of their comfort to bring rubbish when our trucks come by and prefer to dump it in the drains when it rains,” Dr Semwemba said.
“Another challenge we face is accessing these slums; it’s hard to reach every one’s door step. Because of the poor planning of these areas, there are no access roads for our trucks to use,” Dr Semwemba said.
Previously, containers or skips were stationed in the suburbs and were carried away every day or every two days. Currently, garbage is collected through what is called a community self-loading programme where trucks move in communities at least twice a week collecting rubbish.
However, this in away poses a challenge for the working people who are unable to bring their rubbish to the trucks since they move during working hours.
Polyn Obwona, a resident of Biina Mutungo, says that the old system where containers were placed at strategic locations then picked every few days used to work best for them.
“The KCCA trucks sometimes come when we are away in town or in the market and our rubbish ends up not being taken. This people will have piles of rubbish and others just find a short cut and pour in the drains,” says Ms Obwot adding: “These drains are so near our homes, children keep going there to play, it is a challenge here in Biina,” Ms Obwot says.
Dr Semuwemba says people were grossly misusing the containers including dumping fecal waste and other inappropriate materials which led to the authority to withdraw them.
He, however, says they will soon reintroduce the skips with someone to monitor and that the Authority has purchased eight new trucks in addition to the 42 in use to reinforce garbage collection in the city.
KCCA last year signed a Transaction Advisory Services Agreement with the International Finance Corporation to provide advisory services with respect to contracting private operators to implement an Integrated Solid Waste Management system for Kampala. This was in regard to: Waste collection, Recycling and composting, Landfill operations and closure of the existing landfill, Construction and operation of a new landfill and beneficial use of landfill methane for the generation of electricity and potential generation of CDM carbon credits.