Multi-billion Kampala waste recycling plant remains shut months after its commissioning

As she prepared for her departure from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), former executive director Jennifer Musisi commissioned a number of projects that she wanted to have listed to her name.

Among such projects was the World Bank funded KCCA waste recycling plant at Bugoloobi in Nakawa division.

Musisi commissioned in October last year, seven months after the contractors, Tegeka Enterprises Ltd, had completed the construction works on the Shs 3.77 billion facility that is expected to rid the city of plastic waste in addition to creating more than 1,500 jobs.

The World Bank channeled the money to KCCA through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project under the Ministry of Water and Environment.

After the ceremonial handover of the facility to KCCA, it was closed again despite the installation of the all the required equipment.

KCCA spokesperson Peter Kauju however says that lull is because KCCA is still looking for a private contractor to run the facility.

“Possibly by the end of this month, we shall have the advertisement running for someone to come and run it on behalf of KCCA. Possibly in about one month or two, we should be able to conclude the process and get the plant to start,” said Kauju

The plant is designed to recycle both plastic and organic waste – especially from food stuffs.

It is fixed with equipment where waste shall be sorted, shredded, compressed and made into chips. These can then be organized into bulk materials and sold to factories that produce different plastic materials like pipe, basins and boots.

“The beauty with it is that we want people to look at waste plastics as a resource because we will be buying plastics from individuals; we believe this will be a motivation for people not to dump waste plastics wherever they find because they will look at it with value” said Kauju