According to the proposal, the city council will relinquish the responsibility for garbage handling to the private firms whose services will have to be directly paid for by the residents that wish to have their waste materials collected.
Lira City authorities have embarked on identifying private firms
to undertake garbage management in the town.
The decision to privatize garbage management in the town was
reached following the chronic failure by the local government to effectively
manage the solid waste materials in the area.
The companies that have been identified and are being vetted
include Earth Stewards Uganda Company Limited, Lira City Cleaners, and Kiwede
Holdings Limited. They will help in garbage collection and proper disposal of
any household residues.
For a long, the authorities of Lira City Council have been struggling with
solid waste management especially garbage collection. Several parts of the city
are filled with garbage and littered with polythene bags while the dust bins
are filled beyond capacity with the highest concentration point being the
collection point located along Obangakene Road right in front of the
Leonard Otika, the Lira City Environment Officer says that the
companies will not pay the city council but rather a small amount of money to
deposit the garbage at Aler Composite site.
“We are not paying them to carry out their services but our
benefit will be in terms of their services of cleaning the town. They will be
bearing the cost of transportation, fuelling their trucks, paying their employees
and servicing their vehicles because they will be charging whoever will be
benefiting from their service.” Otika explained.
The Lira City Interim Mayor, Mike Ogwang Olwa asked the companies
to sensitize the community before charging fees for garbage collection.
He says that they found it worthwhile to source for private
individuals and firms that can undertake responsibilities of collecting and
managing garbage other than leaving it to decompose in the public where it
poses a threat to the environment.
According to the proposal, the city council will relinquish the responsibility
for garbage handling to the private firms whose services will have to be
directly paid for by the residents that wish to have their waste materials