This is a personal account provided to WasteAid through our eyewitness campaign.

Please describe the waste situation where you live.

Household waste is nearly not collected and it is not recycled either. That’s why I am stepping up to create a difference in my community. Waste is just dumped in Uganda which is wrong.

Do people have to take their waste somewhere or is it collected and taken away from people’s homes? Is it transported by hand, cart or motor vehicle?

Oh my God, only those that have money can afford collection services. People dump their wastes in drainage tunnels. They don’t have where to put it. I want to change this with my company. I want to provide equal service delivery to everyone regardless of their income.

How do most people deal with their waste? Are they generally happy with the situation or not? Why?

Most people burn their waste or dispose it in roads or drainage systems as they wait for the rain water to carry it away. This has caused lots of diseases in our communities. We need to change this. People are not happy. People are suffering.

Are you aware of problems caused by waste where you live?

Yes, I am. And I feel so sad. People fall sick because of poor garbage disposal. Kids are getting injured in the slums here as they try to collect plastics from the garbage disposed. They get cut by glasses disposed in the garbage. It’s not right, we need to make a difference.

Are there any good things happening with waste that you would like to share?

Yes like some people have found a living out of recycling. Others making fertilisers out of compost and animal feeds too, which is a good approach that we should support.

If you could make one change in how waste is managed, what would it be and why?

First I would change the way it’s collected. I would prefer teaching people first about recycling and how they can actually make a living out of the garbage instead of collecting and dumping it in landfill.

Who do you think is responsible for improving the waste situation?

We the public. The person who generates the waste and that’s why we need to first educate the person on ground before the government and stakeholders come in.

Imagine the year is 2030 and we are looking back at how humans solved the waste challenge. How did we do it? What do you think made the biggest impact?

Recycling. Composting. Stopping the manufacturing of single use plastics and teaching people how to handle the waste they produce right.

Thank you Ssebagala, for becoming a WasteAid eyewitness.


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