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EU Decries Poor Management of Plastic Waste In Uganda

According to environmentalists, the qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use also make it an environmental nightmare. This is mainly because plastics do not biodegrade but they break down into smaller and smaller pieces that wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.
EU staff and garbage collected at Kigungu landing site

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Ugandan authorities have been urged to develop better methods of managing plastics and polyethylene waste. The call was made by Attilio Pacifici, the head of the delegation of the European Union in Uganda ahead of the International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD) on September 15.

The day is a global event that aims to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from oceans, waves, beaches and channels all around the world and change the behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution. The most commonly collected items include cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws.

According to environmentalists, the qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use also make it an environmental nightmare. This is mainly because plastics do not biodegrade but they break down into smaller pieces that wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.

The EU started the activities in Kigungu, an area located in a bay, close to both the Entebbe international airport and the main water body Lake Victoria from where Ambassador Pacifici observed that it is important to recycle and dispose of polythene and plastics so as to reduce the degradation of the natural resources.

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The European Union, being part of the global entities mandated to act against Climate Change trends has instructed all its representatives across the globe to engage in activities that would help identify and engage in activities that reduce uncoordinated disposal of wastes especially plastics and polythene away from the lake.

Pacifici indicated that the delegation is engaging several partners in Kampala and the local authorities in Entebbe to engage in activities that include the recycling of plastics for reuse, instead of the creation of more equipment harmful to the society and the environment.

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Kigungu, being a landing site with an approximate population of 30,000 people whose main economic activity is fishing, has for long been littered with waste including polythene and plastics. The areas sewerage system broke down yet the community continues to dispose of wastes in and near the water source.

Peter Kyeyune, a local leader in the area said although there are efforts to clean the landing site, several residents need sensitization on waste management and disposal.

The Mayor Entebbe municipality Kayanja Vincent De Paul said the EU activities in Kigungu are part of the daily strides by Entebbe municipality to clean the area. He says garbage trucks are mandated to visit the area on a daily basis to clean the area.

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