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Analysis of Plastic Recycling in Uganda.

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[Pick the date] Grade 12 | Anthony Zebalaba Abstract In Uganda today, there are several waste collection companies, but what do they do with the collected waste? This essay will enlighten the reader about recycling and this will also be and investigation into one of the waste collection companies to see what methods of recycling they use, if they do recycle. And problems they face. The waste collection company may not be able to recycle, so I will investigate the reasons they don't and if they do plan on heading there soon. If waste is not recycled in Uganda, this could have some harmful effects to the environment. Currently there are a few projects being started up to raise awareness for recycling. There needs to be more awareness for recycling to make it an important issue to a Ugandan. The Company being investigated is the Plastic Recycling Industries Uganda Limited, found in one of the municipalities in Kampala called Nakawa. I chose to look at this specific company because it has been one of the successful companies that has successfully gone through with recycling of a material. I will explain the reasons this company doesn't collect all recyclable materials but just plastic materials. What I am try to prove in this essay is if PRI should push forward into recycling other materials like paper. Both directors of PRI, Mr. Driessen and Mr. Somani will help me answer the few questions I have about their company. ...read more.


We can choose to care about the earth and nurture the planet or we can dump and trash on the earth just as we want without taking into consideration the consequences. 5The process of recycling would create jobs to carry it out. The factories that organize to collect and sort the materials, to be sent off to other factories that reuse the materials will need a skilled line of labour force. In this economy today anything that creates jobs is of advantage. Recycling helps slow down the use of natural resources on the planet. The more materials reused, the fewer the natural resources are used. 6Recycling helps some people save money. This could include people who don't care about recycling at all. Since the products that are recycled are used by them and cheaper too. A method of recycling that is cheap is choosing to buy only used items and not new items. Some people make it a lifestyle to purchase only used items like clothing, furniture, cars and other items used at home. It is easy to see how this would result to a reasonable amount of savings. Disadvantages of recycling Recycling requires separate factory setups for recycling process, because paper, plastic, glass and metal are different materials that can't really be mixed up together for the recycling to be successful. This results in more energy consumption and extra cost, for transportation and sorting and cleaning as well as storage expenses. Recycling expenses are also boosted because to collect the recyclable materials from homes it would require a purchase of more dump trucks which would be expensive. ...read more.


If PRI gets the funds needed for its expansion, then only then can they consider moving on to recycling paper other than plastics alone. If PRI fails to get the funds from Ugandan government required for expansion. They should find other methods of collecting capital for expansion like having fund raisers. They could also consider taking a loan from a bank to expand their company. Basically the only factor that is holding PRI back is the capital factor. Money is the only way they can solve their expansion problem. Conclusion This analysis of PRI has showed me that recycling isn't as simple as collecting a few plastic bottles, its way more. There are factors to consider like capital, willingness of people to carry out the collection process. In Uganda many people may find it time wasting to separate their waste, just so that materials are recycled. I hope that in future more people in Uganda get to see the bigger picture and help with recycling. PRI can expand but not today because of their financial status and the number of people that would help with recycling isn't big enough to make them decide to expand. PRI will expand in future to come but today it doesn't sound realistic for them to take money into expansion of the company. They also may not expand to recycling of paper because the plastic they collect is still a bigger problem than the paper waste. The only way recycling of paper can be carried out, through another company that will do the same as PRI and only specialize in paper recycling. That would be the only way for recycling of paper in Kampala to be effective. ...read more.

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