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Uganda's Poor Waste Management Policy Turning Kampala into a City of illegal Dumping

Kampala, Uganda Science & Environment January 16 @ 5:54am

Late this December, five men pushing wooden wheelbarrows full of garbage to an illegal dumping site in a Kampala suburb got into a scuffle with the landowner and their wheelbarrows were confiscated for illegal dumping.

Scuffles about illegal dumping are very common in all slum areas of Uganda’s capital Kampala and there are many illegal dumping sites.
Kampala streets are always full of garbage. This poor garbage disposal has always been attributed to the loopholes in the city wastes law.

Local individual garbage collectors took over the job of collecting garbage from households in the slums and are littering Kampala and dumping garbage illegally.

This came after Kampala capital City authority announced that it was no longer responsible for collecting garbage but had entered into partnership with private companies where city dwellers will pay a monthly a fee between Shillings 3000 and 30,000 for garbage collection from residential and commercial buildings.

The Waste management policy under the City Solid Waste Management act, 2000 states that every owner or occupant of a dwelling or commercial premises is responsible for waste generated at those premises until it is collected by KCCA.

Much as the above policy has not been amended, KCCA, no longer collects garbage from residential and commercial buildings. This job has now been taken over by private companies like Nabugabo Up deal Joint Venture, Homeklin Services (U) Limited and Kampala Solid Waste Management Consortium Limited who charge any money they want without involving Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

This has become expensive to poor city dwellers who can’t afford the money these companies charge per month and have now restored to local individual garbage collectors who charge very little and dump garbage illegally around the city.
Most roads in the slum areas of Kampala and its outskirts are amassed with humps of polythene bags full of garbage every early morning.

Africa is losing its natural beauty and environment to different forms of degradation, especially solid waste pollution.

According to the World Bank, Africa generates about 70 million tonnes of waste (both solid and non-solid) every year.

This article is aimed at alerting the city authorities on how wastes are being managed and that when not addressed, illegal dumping sites will attract additional dumping. The health and safety of children who play around these dumping sites may be endangered. Local waterways are also at risk since some garbage may include hazardous wastes such as asbestos, household chemicals or paint that harms. Garbage is most like to block storm drains, causing flooding and posing health risks to public health and polluting in our city.
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