Plastic pollution is a more devastating problem than you may think. Plastic is present throughout the environment everywhere in Uganda. Maine is no exception. Plastic is polluting our waterways, coastlines, forests, and open spaces, choking wildlife and making its way into the food web. The sources of this pollution are unnervingly diverse, and the flow of plastic into the environment is showing no signs of slowing down

In fact, it is increasing. The amount of plastic litter we can see is astounding, but even more worrisome is the staggering amount of plastic pollution we cannot see—so-called microplastic

A growing body of evidence is revealing plastic pollution’s devastating impact on our health and the environment.

Plastic waste disposal is on the increase. It is estimated that 600 tonnes of plastic is disposed of in Uganda daily. Kampala city alone accounts for the vast chunk of plastic waste, which is littered all over the city and clogging sewage systems, according to the National Environment Management Authority.

About 51% of the plastic garbage in the city is left uncollected and ends up in drainage channels, wetlands, natural watercourses, manholes, undeveloped plots and on the roadside. In the rural areas, it is a sad story; plastic garbage in most cases left to decompose on its own.

It must be noted that plastic waste endangers human life, animals, and the environment if it is not well controlled and disposed of in a proper manner. Pollution from plastics is less visible and therefore our decision-makers or policymakers do not see it as a priority yet it is a silent’ killer.

The school of thought tells us that “pollution kills more people than malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined”. Yet, pollution often remains under the radar of policymakers who lack the will, ability, and knowledge to legislate wisely on the dangers of pollution and how the effects.

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