By Rehema Naggujja
Mayors network on WASH (Water, sanitation and Hygiene) in parternership with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Developed under KCCA has launched a Technical working group for sanitation, waste management and resource recovery.
The project is under National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on untergrated waste management and Biogas production in Uganda.
Kampala generates over 25000 tons of solid waste per day but the collection efficiency in communities is 56% only of what is generated per day where 1400 tons only are taken to kiteezi dumping site.
“Gabagge is nuisance to Kampala, we can do away with this nuisance into something positive, what is collected from within the communities is 56% of what is generated per day”. Kampala Lordmayor Erias Lukwago said during the Launch.
NAMA project aims at improving waste management practices in towns and municipalities through the introduction of intergrated waste water treatment plant and biogas digesters. The project will basically support urban areas especially those in greater Kampala Metropolitan area to manage their waste and recovery digestible material for Biogas production and generation of electricity.
The agro_processing Industry including sugar manufacturers, fish processing factories and livestock slaughterhouses, produce substantial quantities of solid organic waste and wastewater, much of which is discharged into the environment without any treatment. However more than 100 facilities have permits allowing them to discharge treated wastewater , compliance with effluent stand is low.
This tangible project will facilitate the successful development and implementation of an integrated waste Management strategy in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area, the Ministry of energy and Mineral Development. KCCA started its five years of strategic plan as one of the key targets to achieve SDG21 by year 2025.
Kampala is highly motorised with alot of cabondioxide, thus in the last term KCCA inacted “KCCA green pasture plan” to mitigate some those exercises. KCCA also bought a new land in Dundu proximately 100 acres as new dumping site since Kitezi is filled to it’s capacity.
Lordmayor also stressed a need to have enough gabbage trucks at least 1truck per parish. Kampala is comprised of 99parishes with 14 gabagge trucks which are not in motorable condition.
NAMA Biogas project will be funded by Global Environment Facility and support from United Nations Development program (UNDP).