EARNING LIVELIHOOD FROM SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT
Hundreds of Ugandans are greatly earning livelihoods from sorting plastics, metalics, polythene papers and boxes at Kitezi for recycling not knowing that their job is actually helping in saving the environment from dangerous materials.
Yahaya Humail the chairperson, Uganda plastics recycling association narrates that, this is a job he will never regret joining, as it has made him popular. Him being a chairman, he has managed to meet very many people among them being investors of recycling companies and lower level Ugandans who are in the same business. Yahayah further boosts of improving his earning as he can save a minimum of UGX.50,000 a day after paying off his workers.
He also expressedgratitude for the recycling companies which he says, have contributed greatly to saving the environment by recycling things that for long we have been taking as waste and just dumping them.
And now wants more companies with better technologies to sort garbage to bring it to Uganda as one of the ways to improve their jobs. Also Nambale Saul and Waswa Yahayah all in their early 20s says, he does not regret having left his home district Mbale to come to kitezi. He further reveals that since his arrival, his life has changed and he focuses at attaining more things.
Meanwhile, KCCA publicist, Peter Kawuju applaud the three contracted companies and other 30 that are doing garbage collecting in and around Kampala for the good work, saying they are helping in saving the environment and at the same time provided jobs to ugandans.
Kampala metropolitan produces 2000 tons of garbage daily and only 1300 tons are collected and dumped in Kitezi daily. Hard and soft plastics make up the second-largest form of waste generated in Uganda’s capital Kampala, after organic waste, according to KCCA.
Ugandan government first attempted to scale down this type of waste in 2009, with legislation that prohibited importation, local manufacture and possession of plastic bags. But enforcing the law took time, as legislators, plastic-bag manufacturers and users discussed alternatives to the ban, including recycling systems