The world over, cities are kept clean through their respective council authorities. At the parish and sub-county level, the local councilors rally their communities and it’s the natives that do the cleaning job.
Good Cause: Minister of Kampala Hon. Kabuye Kyofatogabye (C) makes his remarks at the launch of the Recycling Innovators 'Dunia' campaign at Acholi Quarters Playground.
For the Acholi Quarters, a slummy area in the Kireka Banda B Zone, the mission to keep the, most of the times, dingy place clean and free of plastic wastes was stepped up a notch earlier this week with the launch of the ‘Dunia’ campaign.
The new campaign; an initiative of the Minister of Kampala Hon. Kabuye Kyofatogabye in partnership with Aliguma Foundation (AF) and the Mukwano Group of Companies will go a long way in helping natives to collect waste products, primarily plastics, from designated places and be able to recycle them at a later date for possible revenue. The initiative is one of the masterminds that has been brought to the fore to help foster healthy living in the slummy areas, Acholi Quarters, in particular.
According to the LC III Councilor of Acholi Quarters Banda B Zone Ismail Mukoiko, the ‘Recycling Innovator’ campaign has been established to not only get rid of wastes in the communities but to also encourage proper disposal and forthwith solve the plastics problem in Uganda, in general.
“Dunia will be working with the communities to promote to ensure plastics are disposed responsibly, collected and transformed into new plastic products,” said Mukoiko during the launch ceremony held at Acholi Quarters Playground.
Handle With Care: The area's LC III Councilor Ismail Mukoiko (R) advises school children how they can use the 'Recycling Innovator' and forthwith earn money from plastics they collect.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mukwano Industries Tony Gadhoke enthused further that the campaign will protect and create a circular economy thus pursuing the desired goal through making products from recycled materials collected, as well as exploring new products through the recycling process.
“Our goal is to ensure there is a circular initiative in operation,” said Gadhoke.
Here To Stay: The CEO Mukwano Group of Companies Tony Gadhoke talks about the particulars of the 'Dunia' campaign partnership and how it will benefit literally everyone.
“Dunia’s aspiration is to see to it that plastics are disposed off responsibly, tackle the widespread plastic problem and encourage plastic recycling.”
Hon. Kyofatogabye explained further that Dunia wasn’t entirely a new initiative in Uganda as they have been picking up plastics from the suburbs and outlets of Kampala before to encourage proper disposing of plastic waste.
“The sole purpose of this has been to build a circular economy while improving the livelihoods of the communities. We are optimistic this initiative will prosper in Acholi Quarters because of its topography,” said Hon. Kyofatogabye.
“We are also sure it will employ the local community people and they will be able to earn money by collecting the plastics in the community and sell them back to an assured market.”
Plastics Hub: Collecting plastics waste is one of the assured income-earning jobs for the people in the slummy areas of Kireka-Banda Zone, Nakawa Division in Kampala District.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aliguma Foundation Ritah Aliguma underscored the importance of the partnership and predicted that poor health issues would become a myth in the near future.
“As the world continues to strive for better climatic changes, this will save the environment,” said Aliguma, who started work with Acholi Quarters in 2017.
“This will save the slummy areas from poor drainage especially with bottles that get stuck in gutters and forthwith over-flood our playground. The Dunia initiative is a good one for the community because it has an added financial incentive for every collection and delivery.”
Mukwano Group of Companies will pay UGX1,800 SHILLINGS for every kilogram of plastics collected and thus there is no way better than this to build a zero plastic waste community in Uganda.
Home: The head offices of the Mukwano Group of Companies in Industrial Area, Kampala.
ABOUT MUKWANO GROUP
The Mukwano Group of Companies, commonly known as the Mukwano Group, is a conglomerate based in Uganda, with operations in other East African countries.
Mukwano Industries Limited, a manufacturer of edible oil, soaps, cleaning products, sanitary products, household and industrial plastic products, bottled water and energy drinks.
The group was established in 1986, although it did not start operations until 1989.
As of October 2016, the group was involved in six main areas of business: (a) manufacturing (b) real estate investments (c) bulk storage & shipment (d) cargo clearing & forwarding (e) agriculture and (f) financial services.
Mukwano Group is one of the most active investment groups in Uganda and also a key supporter of sports development and individual talents across the nation. The group won the coveted Annual Presidential Award of Best Exporter of the Year for 2004.
In 2009, its beverages division attained ISO Certification.
Desirable Products: The Mukwano Group of Companies is the leading manufacturer of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in the Great Lakes region, producing a wide range of market leader brands in soaps, edible cooking oils and fats, detergents, beverages, personal care products and plastics.
The products of the Group include, but are not limited to the following:
• Aqua Sipi bottled water
• Kyekyo energy drinks
• Mukwano edible cooking oil
• Roki fortified edible cooking oil
• Three Star fortified edible cooking oil
• Marina margarine
• Tamu baking fat
• Sunseed edible sunflower oil
• Nice Fry edible cooking fat
• Nice Fry vegetable frying fat
• Royal Palms Housing Estate - A gated residential community, located at Butabika, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi), by road, southeast of the central business district of Kampala, on the shores of Lake Victoria.