Kampala Uganda – By E. K Benj
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Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA has purchased 134 acres of land in Dundu village, Mukono district which in 3 years will be used as an integrated waste Management site. This was disclosed by KCCA Executive Director Mrs Dorothy Kisaka during a working visit with journalists on Saturday 24th October 2020.
Kisaka accompanied by KCCA officials began her visit from Kyanja at an Agricultural Center of KCCA which trains the public on several farming activities proceeded to Kiteezi. This is well known as garbage dumbing site for waste collected in Kampala City.
Kisaka interacted with workers in Kiteezi during this guided tour. Addressing journalists at the site, she disclosed that in 3 years KCCA will no longer use Kiteezi rather in a new location of Mukono.
A source speaking to HICGI News Agency also said it take 20 years to completely remove waste in this site.
“The new site at Dundu will not be just a dumpsite. It will be a waste management centre to serve the Greater Kampala. The site was bought from a local farmer and its completely free of squatters. It measures 134 Acres.” Kisaka told told journalists .
Solid waste management.
According to United Nations Environmental Body (UNEP) , the increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with the modern economy is posing a serious risk to ecosystems and human health. Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide and decay of the organic proportion of solid waste is contributing about 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide. Of all the waste streams, waste from electrical and electronic equipment containing new and complex hazardous substances presents the fastest-growing challenge in both developed and developing countries.
Poor waste management – ranging from non-existing collection systems to ineffective disposal -causes air pollution, water and soil contamination. Open and unsanitary landfills contribute to contamination of drinking water and can cause infection and transmit diseases. The dispersal of debris pollutes ecosystems and dangerous substances from electronic waste or industrial garbage puts a strain on the health of urban dwellers and the environment.
The solution, in the first place, is the minimisation of waste. Where waste cannot be avoided, recovery of materials and energy from waste as well as remanufacturing and recycling waste into usable products should be the second option. Recycling leads to substantial resource savings. For example, for every tonne of paper recycled, 17 trees and 50 per cent of water can be saved. Moreover, recycling creates jobs: the sector employs 12 million people in Brazil, China and United States alone.
The UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Japan supports the implementation of integrated solid waste management systems. Its work also focuses on the proper treatment of special wastes (electronics, agricultural biomass, plastics) in developing countries. IETC aims to optimize the management of solid waste by involving all stakeholders in the process through pilot projects at local level.