Mukono: Urban farmers to fine people found littering gardens with plastic bottles, polythene bags

Scientists have several times warned of the long-term negative effects of microplastics in soils which are now considered an emerging threat to biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and soil ecosystems.

In an attempt to eliminate plastic waste in their farms, some cash crop farmers in Mukono district have introduced fines against their own customers or visitors who found littering plastic waste in the farms.

Wasswa Birigwa, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) national chairperson who has 50 acres of cocoa intercropped with bananas said he instituted the fine some time ago.

“I have tried very hard to make sure that we don’t have polythene bags and other plastics on the farm but it is very difficult. You come with your soda, bottle of water and after drinking you just throw them anywhere that is bad,” he said.

He explained that the plastic waste is seriously affecting cocoa farmers forcing him to issue a notice indicating fines for irresponsible disposal of these plastics waste on his farms.

“If I see anybody throwing a polythene bag or a bottle on this farm and I get you, you have to pay Shs10,000 and if you work for me, your salary is cut by Shs 10,000 and that for me has helped to fight the irresponsible littering of plastics,” he said.

Dr. Daniel Bakiwa, the director of district support coordination at the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), said that the private waste managers that are licensed have a duty to do the cleaning, collection, and ensure proper disposal of the waste.

He said these managers are also supposed to educate the public.

Plastic pollution is currently one of the biggest environmental concerns due to the rise of single-use plastics and the toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and water pollution.

Parliament passed the Finance Act (2009) that imposed a ban on the importation, local manufacture, sale, or use of single-use plastic bags but up to date, the ban hasn’t taken effect.

Through the ‘Taasa Obutonde’ campaign, Next Media Services with its partners hope to cause a required mind shift for people to reduce the use and responsible disposal of these plastic wastes.

Danze Edwin

Danze Edwin

Danze Edwin is a Ugandan Digital Marketer, Content Curator, Television Show host, Producer, Gamer, Creative, Media Personality, Social Media Influencer, and Brand Ambassador. He has 10-year experience in Digital Marketing, where I have worked with/for lead advertising agencies in Uganda; TBWA, Fireworks Advertising, Fideli, and Next Com (Where he is currently the Head of Digital Marketing) He has curated and collaborated on global campaigns with Brands like; Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Activision, Call of Duty Mobile, Warner Bros, Disney and Marvel Studios. He has worked on Campaigns like; 77% Percent, DW in Good Shape, DW Eco-Africa, Call of Duty Mobile, Games and Politics Exhibition, Africa release Movie Premiers like Joker, Avenger Infinity War, Avengers End Game, Wonder Woman 84, Kong vs Godzilla, Mortal Kombat 2021, Afrimaxx to mention but a few. Locally, he has worked on campaigns with brands like Crown Beverages, Century Bottling, Nile Breweries, Uganda Breweries, Total Energies, Vivo Energies, Statehouse anti Corruption Unit, URA, NSSF, and so many more. Danze Edwin is currently the head of Digital Marketing at Next Media. He is trained by Deutsche Welle, BBC World Services, Voice Of America, and the US Agency for Global Media

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