EU Ambassador Gives Guidance On Proper Plastic Management

The EU ambasador to Uganda, H.E Attilio Pacifici flags off the beach cleaning campaign at Masese landing site in Jinja district on Friday.

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The European Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Attilio Pacifici has tasked leaders to embrace plastic recycling systems so as to safeguard sanity around water bodies.

While launching the 2019 beach cleaning campaign at Masese landing site in Jinja district on Friday, Pacifici says that human activity like littering plastic materials and release of uncontrolled factory wastes are a threat to the well being of fresh water bodies.

The beach cleaning exercise has been headlined by the European Union delegation in Uganda, ambassadors of different countries, political leaders and over 205 fishermen who teamed to collect plastic bags and stenches of aquatic weeds.

Pacifici argues that plastics are necessary user items which carry their existence for years to come, however, if mismanaged it will be consumed by human beings through animal products.

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He further says that it is an obligation of all stakeholders to limit plastic usage and in case of unavoidable circumstances. He says communities should liaise with factory owners to recycle undissolved quantities of plastic.

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Pacifici further charges leaders to sensitize locals on plastic waste management arguing that, elements of environmental degradation have negative effects throughout the whole world.

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Meanwhile, Collins Oloya, the director for environmental affairs in the ministry of water and environment says that the ministry lacks enforcement officials to ensure sanity along the shores. “We have streamlined laws to ensure sanity along the shores, but our main challenge is lack of enough manpower entrusted on cracking down those that, endlessly pollute the lake,” he says.