Uganda, a land-locked nation in East Africa, is endowed with abundant natural resources including lakes, rivers and wetlands such as the source of the River Nile, and Lake Victoria, the world’s largest freshwater lake. The lack of proper waste management systems has led to the indiscriminate disposal of waste, posing severe threats to these vital ecosystems.

With inadequate waste collection and recycling facilities across the country, plastic pollution has become a pervasive issue, choking waterways and contaminating water sources. Additionally, Uganda imports around 80,000 tonnes of second-hand clothes each year. While this can provide a valuable supply of fashion, many of these clothes aren’t high enough quality to reach consumers, and end up being dumped or burned.