With a population of about 1.5 million people in Kampala city, this translates into about 1500 tons of garbage collected by KCCA from domestic Households and six selected markets including Kasubi, Nakulabye, Kalerwe, Katete, Nakasero and Nakawa,. The authority (KCCA) however can only manage to dispose of 40% – 50% of the accumulated.  In 2013, KCCA was collecting about 360,000 tons of garbage representing only 50% of the garbage generated at the time. This only represented 50% of the garbage generated at the time while the uncollected waste is being dumped indiscriminately with most of it ending up in channels draining into Lake Victoria. About 80% of this garbage is organic matter which makes it very bulky to handle. Data from Kiteezi landfill suggests that the actual waste transported to the site is approximately 1,300 tons/day. Approximately 50% is collected by KCCA and the rest (i.e. 33%) is collected by the private operators.

Due to the COVID-19 and the lock down, there has a break down in waste management system especially for contracted private companies supporting KCCA in Kampala markets and among households. This is due to limit access to garbage collection services due to failed business resulting from lack of capital, high operator costs, Strict operator guidelines, limited access to banker credit services and the termination of contracted private collectors by KCCA (whose contracts had ended) among many challenges. As a result many households and un-registered collection centers are stuck with waste that they cannot dispose.

TEENS Uganda and Shelter & Settlement Alternatives (SSA) together with partners therefore have collectively agreed to undertake a garbage collection and cleaning exercise on the 16th October in Kawaala village of Kasubi parish to demonstrate good practice towards cleaner and resilient communities. This activity is intended to influence community mind set towards voluntary actions better WASH programs towards decent housing and better livelihood.

Learning Outputs:

  • Understanding local housing needs, asses the existing system to deliver a sustainable solution for waste disposal in Kampala benchmarking Kawaala.
  • Provide insight in Developing a communications plan to engage all stakeholders to build a community solution that is socially and environmentally acceptable Collect and monitor flaws to ensure public health and safety is maintained to the highest standards,
  • Separate valuable household waste through manual sorting,
  • Optimize the value of carbon emissions reductions and support KCCA’s drive to develop a climate resilient solution towards decent housing for all.GREENING THE URBAN MONTH Concept Note

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