Uganda Should Embrace Garbage Recycling

Recycling is the answer to all those plastics littered over the streets. This approach has worked in many developed countries which do not restrict the use of plastics. On average, a person in a developed country generates more than a hundred fold the plastic waste an average Ugandan does.

Taking Germany as an example, the recycling industry thrives on well nurtured culture of sorting garbage and proper disposal. Without this system, the scene of polyethylene and plastic waste could have been worse than what is seen in Uganda.

In all homes in Germany, waste is graded to enable proper disposal of recyclables. These include paper, all plastics, everything made of aluminum, steel and glass. Recycling is Germany’s contribution to global battle of a clean and healthy environment. Uganda needs all its leaders to rise up against improper disposal of recyclable waste. All homes in Uganda should have properly marked bins to promote proper waste disposal.

We can use all types of plastics as we like and this will not harm our environment if properly disposed and thereafter recycled. There is an extremely urgent need to embrace an appropriate collection system that will boost the waste recycling industry.

It is a pity that in Uganda, plastic waste is just discarded and ends up among household garbage heaps, where at times it is burned or just abandoned (save for some little that is collected for the small recycling industry).

When we adopt a recycling system, there will be no need to suffocate the poly-ethene/ plastics industry. The government should start large scale recycling activities in all urban areas of the country. This will encourage an organized and efficient waste collection system. This will result into creation of direct and indirect employment for Ugandans, saving of natural resources, reduced emissions and maintenance of a clean a environment.

Making products from recycled glass uses less energy. Recycled glass can be made into new beverage bottles, food jars, insulation and other construction materials. The government should start by attaching monetary value on recyclable materials. In addition, shoppers should be encouraged to buy their own shopping bags and not buy them at shopping centers.

Katherine Nabuzale,

Guest Writer, New vision, Monday August 3rd 2009.


That is a great way to go green for any country. I think you will see more changes similar to what you have thought of throughout the world over the next decade.


Dear Jay,

Thank you very much for the compliment re the above story. The youths in Bweyogerere are getting more and more exited about this project. They are beggining to see the benefits that go with it and even the number of clubs appears to be bigger than we had seen earlier.

With time, as soon as resources are available, the project will sprout to life