Currently, plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns due to the increase of single-use plastic products. Poorly disposed of plastic waste contains toxic pollutants that damage the environment.
Vivo has partnered with Plastic recycling industries Limited in this new venture, an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages.
They are to routinely collect plastic waste from over 167 Shell service stations countrywide for recycling purposes.
The pilot phase of this project shall see an initial 22 Shell service stations launched as collection centers in Kampala and Wakiso.
These include Shell Bugolobi, Kabalagala, Bulenga, Kira Road, Banda, Makerere Kikoni, Kalerwe, Namirembe, Entebbe, Katwe, Wandegeya and Mengo.
There will also be two collection bins at each station for the public to dispose of plastics and organic waste separately.
Speaking at the event held at Shell Bugolobi service station, Vivo Energy Managing Director, Gilbert Assi, talked about the 3Rs; reduce, reuse, and recycle.
He said this approach is one of the requirements they adhere to as a company.
‘’We are pleased, therefore, to associate with like-minded partners such as Plastic Recycling Industries to further advance the ideals of the ‘Taasa Obudde’ campaign. We also encourage all Ugandans to adopt a culture of safely disposing plastic waste at public waste at public waste bins provided by city authorities,’’ he said.
The State Minister for Environment, Beatrice Anywar also hailed the Taasa Obutonde.
She referred to it as a model of a successful public-private partnership in promoting environmental sustainability and awareness.
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