Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in a bid to ensure the city remains clean.
Speaking on behalf of CCBA, Norah Odwesso, the Group Director Public Affairs and Communications expressed excitement at signing the partnership with KCCA, which will also help create jobs for many urban poor.
“As a responsible company, we focus on constantly reducing the impact of our packaging on the environment through the light weighting of our packaging material and supporting recycling efforts,” Ms Odwesso said.
“In Uganda, we were the first Company to construct PET collection centres across the entire country when we first launched plastic packaging in 2010. Right now, our recycling plant in Nakawa collects between 7- 10 tonnes of plastic per day, ridding the environment over 300 tonnes of plastic per month,” she added.
Through the recycling efforts, she said, the company has been able to create employment for over 1500 Ugandans, especially the urban poor, with 80% of the plastic containers’ collectors women who at least earn about $17 per week.
Speaking during the MOU signing event, the KCCA Executive Director Mrs. Jennifer Musisi said the authority will take all collected plastic waste using their trucks to the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Plastic Recycling plant in Nakawa.