Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda signed an MOU with AfriGreen Sustain, a waste management social enterprise that is deviating Gulu’s solid waste management sector into an environmentally and economically sustainable model.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gulu, The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda Public Affairs and Communications Manager Maureen Kyomuhendo said the partnership with Afrigreen Sustain is to enable mobilize the community to become aware of the dangers of plastic waste, as well as encourage the community to turn the challenge into job creation and income generation for the youth. It should be noted that in early 2018, the Coca-Cola Company made a commitment to work towards creating a #WorldWithoutWaste “The Coca-Cola Company and all its bottling partners are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030. We’re working to bring people together to help us collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell” Partnerships such as these bring us closer to our goal.
Maureen further urged the youths to embrace plastic management as an option to earning a living and a source employment for them.
On his part, Afrigreen Sustain founder and team leader Peter Okwoko said the partnership will help curb problems of plastic waste in Gulu Municipality which is soon turning into city that will come with increase in population that therefore comes with increase in use of products packed in plastics.
Okwoko added that the partnership will create employment to the youths in Gulu town. He thanked Coco-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda for the initiative and said their intervention in supporting plastic waste management in Gulu Municipality is timely and they shall work hard to ensure a visible difference in Gulu and the surrounding areas in a short period of time. We call upon other companies to emulate Coca-Cola`s example.
The biggest challenge with plastic waste management in Uganda is improper disposal mechanism and lack of recycling industries in the country. In Uganda, through Plastic Recycling Industries, an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, we are working hard to achieve the World Without Waste goal. In 2019, we collected 62% of all the plastic we sold as CCBA.
It is estimated that at least 600 tonnes of plastics are consumed every day in Uganda and most of them are disposed of in irresponsibly.