The management of garbage remains a challenge in the newly created
The uncollected garbage or litter is common on the streets, in the corridors of
buildings, and clogs drainages whenever it rains hence causing unprecedented
Despite the expansion of their boundaries, the cities are yet to
come up with proper garbage management plans and the situation has now worsened
with the increase in population sizes.
In Mbale for example, the then Municipality failed to implement the five-year
garbage management plan due to lack of funds especially local revenue.
The town currently produces 180 tons of garbage every day far much higher than
the 150 tons that the municipality produced.
According to Khatuli Waniaye, the Mbale City Deputy town clerk says
the absence of garbage trucks has been the biggest challenge in managing the
garbage. He is however optimistic that the Ministry of Lands is in the process
of providing the trucks that will address the garbage problem.
He says that the City has often failed to manage the garbage due to the poor
revenue collections saying that the revenue needed helps in facilitating the garbage
collectors, fuel, and management of the dumping site among others.
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Mafabi Mutwalib Zandya, Mbale City Interim Mayor, says that the then
Municipality had planned to raise 3 Billion Shillings as local revenue which
would help in the management of the garbage but as of the end of the third
quarter, they had only raised to 700 Million Shillings.
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Zandya however blames the residents of the town for recklessly
dumping garbage anywhere in the town.
In Masaka City Council, records indicate that the town generates
at least 100 tons of garbage each month which requires close to 46% of the
annual budget to cater for its proper management.
Pauline Nabadda, the Masaka City Environment Officer explains that
following the government ban on the collection of daily levies on taxi
operators, Masaka municipality lost local revenue source hence struggling to
meet the costs of offering social services including the collection of garbage.
Godfrey Kayemba, the interim Masaka City Mayor says that besides
the local revenue shortfall, the urban authority does not have the required
garbage trucks and skips.
He says that the city has only one worn-out garbage truck, which
can hardly meet the underlying demand.
Kayemba however, indicates that the executive committee approved
the idea of privatizing garbage, a model that will entirely offload the urban
council the responsibility of collecting garbage and instead pass it onto a
private firm that will charge residents for the service.
In Jinja Municipality, the council resolved that business owners and dwellers
within the Municipality's central business district should pay a monthly
garbage collection fee of 5,000 Shillings.
However, the city's spokesperson, Rajab Kiito says that they plan to revise the
policy to favour the newly annexed areas of Bugembe, Budondo and Mafubira where
residents lack orientation on modern garbage waste management.
Soroti City has for over three years failed to utilize the multi-million
shilling garbage decomposing plant meant to address the problem of waste
Twelve years ago, Soroti municipality now city signed a memorandum
of understanding with the World Bank to construct a garbage composting site at
Aminit parish in Soroti City East division to control the emission of gas into
Margret Akia, a resident of Pamba Ward in Soroti City West Division says they
now pay some porters to collect garbage in the compounds.
“Each household in our area pays at least 1000 shillings to the
porter to pick garbage but we don’t know where he dumps it. When you move
around is when you notice the presence of garbage in some corners”, he said.
Soroti Municipal Council generates up to 96.1 tonnes of solid waste per day,
about 70% of which is organic waste.
Elizabeth Ingram, an American of the Sozo International Ministries engaged in
Environment Projects in Mbale City says that there is a need by the authorities
to sensitize the public on garbage management.
She says garbage management is entirely the responsibility of individuals who
produce it to know the importance of proper garbage disposal.