KCCA unveils policy to manage plastic waste

Ms Jennifer Musisi, the Kampala Capital City Authority executive director. Photo by Eronie Kamukama

What you need to know:

  • Until now, plastic waste collection in Uganda has been an informal trade with women accounting for 80 per cent of the plastic waste collectors and earning about Shs60,000 per week.
  • Current plastic waste collectors earn Shs170 per kilogramme. This is expected to rise to Shs500 per kilogramme.

Kampala. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi has unveiled a plan to improve waste management in the city.
The plan involves intensifying collection of plastic waste for recycling.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Ms Musisi said the initiative will not only create jobs for the urban poor but will also keep Kampala clean from plastic waste.
“Everything has gone plastic. It is not just beverages, there are foodstuffs, cosmetics and there is so much plastic in our communities. Unfortunately, this is not biodegradable and even after using them, people have no way of getting rid of them” she said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa at KCCA headquarters.
Most of the city’s drainage channels such as Lubigi have been sealed off with plastic waste, accelerating floods in the city. Unfortunately, according to Ms Musisi, it is very costly for KCCA to unblock them.

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