Having fallen short of tactics and strategies of implementation of use of plastics and kavera among others, Beatrice Atim Anywar, the newly appointed state minister for Environment has Wednesday issued a directive to ban plastics and kaveera.
According to Anywar,factories which are dealing in manufacturing plastics, kavera and others will have to stop with immediate effect so as to save the environment.
The Minister revealed that the ban of the manufacturing imports, use and sale of single-use plastic items is the only effective measure for the country to protect the environment.
The directive targets plastic bags, cups, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging materials that pose a threat to the environment.
While issuing a directive at her office in Kampala to government agencies charged with implementation and protection of policies regarding environment and nature, Anywar said its high time environmental pollution stopped.
“All factories dealing in polythene bags and plastics should be advised to stop further manufacture of the same as we have all seen the dangers they have exposed to us over time.
By the powers vested in me, I therefore dedicate myself to issuing a directive to all the agencies charged with protection and preserving of our Environment to act upon environment pollution with immediate effect.”
The government of Uganda announced a total ban on all polythene materials below 30 microns as an environmental protection measure way back in 2009 and since then, there is been an active use of the same.
Speaking to Chimpreports David Duli, Country Director Wild Wide Fund for Nature said the impacts of environmental degradation in Uganda are way too high and have kept on affecting many people’s health.
“Environmental degradation as we all know, leads to execution of carbon emissions which end up causing serious diseases including cancer. The biggest contributors to environmental degradation are mostly plastics and polythene bags and such should be stopped, in fact it should have been yesterday.”
Mr Duli cited that, ”it is the reason WWF is trying its best to inform, educate as well as engaging the youth people on the fight for the clean environment, one that is safe for us all to live in. By so, we have worked together and will continue working with the government such as Ministry of Water and environment to ensure our country is a better place to live in.”
He added saying that according to the research carried out by civil society, “Kampala city alone disposes over 600 tons of kavera which is very harmful to our health and will affect that of the next generation if something is not done about it.”
Polythene and all plastic materials are non-biodegradable environmental hazardous components owing to the fact that they can’t be broken down so easily to smaller pieces by soil micro-organisms for their own use.
In addition, the fumes that arise out of burning of ‘Kavera’ contain hazardous hydrocarbons to the ozone layer leading to the unchecked passing through of the dangerous Gama and Ultra violet rays to the earth that results into global warming on the earth surface, human cancers surge.
It highly believed that packed foods, water and other liquids in polythene are infused with smaller toxic particles as a result of photo degradation.
This poses a high health risk to humans who drink water or any other drink that has over stayed in a plastic bottle or kavera.