The following recommendations should be stepped-up for Uganda to be able to Beat Plastic Pollution: The Government through the…
The following recommendations should be stepped-up for Uganda to be able to Beat Plastic Pollution:
- The Government through the line Ministries, City and Urban Authorities should step-up regulation and enforcement of the policies and laws, which guide sustainable management of waste including plastic. Strategies for effective waste management through application of the 3R’s should be applied at all scales;
- KCCA’s new strategy for plastic waste management in this respect, that involves creation of collection centers to ease collection and transport of the plastics to recycling plants such as the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa plastic waste recycling plant in Nakawa should be supported and up-scaled to other urban towns in the country.
- Community based initiatives and innovations for waste management must be promoted and supported, for they turn waste including plastic into valuable products which create employment and generate incomes while cleaning up the environment;
- CSOs and networks should continuous engage the Government through providing alternative research based policy and practice recommendation to influence decision making and investments for sustainable waste management along the waste generation chain at levels; and
- All Ugandans are encouraged to change their attitudes and practices in respect to waste management so that they can generate less waste and also take responsibility in its management and disposal at the source were its generated through waste sorting, recycling and re-using. This requires more targeted awareness and education of all stakeholders.
The award for best young presenter was given to Charles Kizito of Environmental Alert for presenting a paper titled “Integration of Market Approaches to hygiene and Sanitation for improved livelihoods, clean and healthy Environment; A case of Slum Communities in Makindye and Lubaga divisions, Kampala capital city”. The paper examines the potential Sanitation and Hygiene based enterprises (such as briquette making from market waste, improved public toilet design with a business unit, crafts making from solid cloth waste) towards contribution to the triple benefits of improved livelihoods; a clean and healthy environment; and enhanced social organization and cohesion among slum dwellers in urban slums. Photos [one, two, three]
International day of forests presents a great opportunity for all Ugandans to reflect by finding practical solutions and actions for targeting city development and urbanization, which can co-exist with urban forests and green belts.
In March 2006 Environmental Alert(EA)was presented with the Energy Globe Award 2005 in Vancouver, Canada having emerged winner under the Earth category The 2005 contest has been among over 700 projects world-wide.
The Energy Globe award is one of the most prestigious awards for environmental sustainability in the world.