The Coca-Cola Foundation, through Care and Assistance for Forced Migrants (CAFOMI) and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, has launched a UGX110million programme to help plastic waste collectors.
The deal will support 833 families with interventions that will help them return to their employment as plastic waste collectors.
The UGX110million assistance contributed by The Coca-Cola Foundation will give waste collectors relief from months of not earning income from plastic waste recycling, as well as equip them to return to work.
The beneficiaries will receive a package of essential items to enable them to work safely to avoid contracting COVID-19, including face masks and heavy-duty safety gloves, and COVID-19 booklets with guidelines to follow. They will also receive relief care items that include Dry food rations.
After the COVID-19 pandemic was announced, about 8,000 plastic waste collectors lost their jobs because of the temporary closure of recycling plants.
“The collectors who were earning a living from this business were left with no option. With no collection of plastic, the impact to the environment has been quite devastating. The good news is, we have resumed. we are taking back as much plastics as possible” said Samuel Kangave, Plant Manager of Plastic Recycling Industry.
As part of their commitment to conduct sustainable business, in 2018, the Coca-Cola company launched the ‘World without Waste’ initiative with a simple, focused purpose: make the world’s packaging waste problem a thing of the past.
The campaign was built on three fundamental goals: Make 100% of our packaging recyclable globally by 2025—and use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030; collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one the company sells by 2030; and working together in partnerships to support a healthy, debris-free environment
Study estimates suggest that an average of 1,500 tons of plastic waste is generated daily with only 500 tons of that being properly managed.
Last year, the coca cola joined hands with Tooro Kingdom, in a campaign dubbed ‘Save River Mpanga’ to conserve and promote proper waste management in Western Uganda.
The company also signed a partnership with Stanbic Bank, Nice House of Plastics and Kampala Capital City Authority promote and support proper waste management.