It is estimated that Gulu City produces about 53 to 65 tons of plastic waste on a monthly basis.

By Christopher Nyeko

GULU: The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) through Care Uganda has today, May 16, 2023, donated four different plastic recycling machines to Green Home Transformation Limited, one of the plastic recycling companies in Gulu city.

The donated machines are bailers, crushers, washers, and dryers, which play different roles in the recycling process, including sorting, crushing plastic to the expected size, washing the plastic, and drying the plastic before directing it into another process.

They assort plastic waste, are recycled into useful products such as tiles, construction brick, and chairs, among others.

These multi-task plastic recycling machines were procured from China at a cost of 20,000 US dollars, equivalent to 74.5 million shillings, through Care Uganda in partnership with GIZ to implement GIZ’s Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS), aimed at reducing the social and economic risks caused by the growing scarcity or endangerment of natural resources.

The Director of Green Home Transformation Limited, Mr. Endriko Bosco, appreciated the support, saying it was going to improve their production work of recycling the huge amount of plastic waste currently being produced in Gulu City.

It is estimated that Gulu City produces about 53 to 65 tons of plastic waste on a monthly basis.

The machines that were donated

Mr. Endriko says the machines will enable them to recycle about 8000 kilograms to about 1 ton of plastic waste on a daily basis.

Mr. Rwamuhokoya Robert, the technical advisor on solid wastes under the GIZ (NatuReS) project, says the waste handlers have been trained on how to operate the donated modern waste recycling machines.

He is optimistic that if the machines are well managed, it will address the challenges of overwhelming plastic waste littering the streets of Gulu City.

The Gulu City Health Inspector, Michaela Rubanga, says people are still ignorant about waste management, something he says needs mass sensitization.

Mr. Okwonga Alfred, the Gulu City Mayor, says the city has offered land to Green Home Transformation Limited at Kaunda Ground in Bardege Layibi Division, where the donated machines will be installed.

He implores the waste management specialists to carry out more research on how plastic waste and human waste can be turned into fertilizer, something he says would improve the livelihood of the people in Gulu City.

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