As part of the activities to celebrate Earth Day 2018, the U.S. Embassy, Kampala Capital City Authority, and Plastic Recycling Industries (PRI – a subsidiary of Coca Cola Beverages) partnered in an event at Kisaasi Primary School to help launch plastic recycling in schools.
This year, Earth Day focused on the need to curb the growth in the world’s mismanaged waste – particularly plastics – with a theme “End Plastic Pollution.”
Through exciting debate, poems and skits, children exhibited their knowledge on plastic waste collection and recycling.
The pupils will collect plastic trash and dispose of it in containers provided by PRI for recycling. The school management, KCCA, parents, and PRI will agree on how to use the money from plastics collected at the school.
Speaking at the event, U.S. Mission Chargé d’affaires Colette Marcellin highlighted the dangers of plastic waste to the environment: “Plastic waste can create breeding grounds for disease vectors like mosquitoes; ends in lakes, rivers, and oceans, and leads to declining fish stocks, costing fisheries, tourism, and industries billions of shillings. The U.S. Mission believes that PRI and KCCA’s partnership with schools will go a long way to reduce and recycle plastic trash in Kampala.”