Several Wetlands in Hoima City are under threat from the unregulated
disposal of plastic waste. The waste in the city is left uncollected and ends up in
drainage channels and wetlands. In some places, the plastic waste is left to
decompose on its own.
The affected wetlands include Bigajuka, Rwenkondwa, Kibati and Wambabya where plastic bottles and bags are dumped.
Paul Bakwata, a resident of Kijungu cell in Hoima East Division says that they have
repeatedly asked the area leaders to put in place a garbage dumping site, in
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Jennifer Karungi, a resident of Kinube cell in Hoima East Division
says Hoima City garbage trucks take long to collect garbage in their
area forcing the residents to misuse and contaminate Rwenkondwa wetland.
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Vincent Nyegenya, the Executive Director Network of Sound
Management of Chemicals Kitara-NESMAC-Kitara wants the authorities to
immediately acquire incinerators or invest in the plastic waste recycling industry.
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Ronald Kyamanywa, the Hoima City Environment officer blames
residents for failing to separate plastics from bio-degradable waste.
Kyamanywa on the other hand faults the garbage collectors for
gaps in the collection and dumping of plastics at Kibati waste management plant
where plastic materials are supposed to be sorted from other solid waste used to manufacture
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Jimmex Businge, the Hoima City Deputy Mayor says the garbage
collection trucks broke down and they lack funds to repair them.
He, however, says that the city is yet to come up with a plastic
waste management plan.
According to study by the Global Water
partnership in East Africa, plastics take not less than 400 years to decompose.