Katumba Badru | My Trash, Your Trash
My Trash, Your Trash by Katumba Badru
Single-use plastics are used very widely around the world. According to Uganda’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda alone disposes of around six hundred tonnes of plastics daily, with over half of this waste ending up in manholes, undeveloped land, roadsides and natural water sources including swamps, lakes, rivers, and water channels.
Against this worrying backdrop I travelled around East Africa to investigate the local situation, including in Kenya, the only East African country which has come out with a clear law banning the use of plastic bags. This law aims to reduce plastic waste within the country by banning the sale of single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and food containers.
I want to compare plastic waste in Uganda and other countries around the globe, and the individual, collective and state responses to this issue, in order to document the past and attempt to predict the future of plastic and plastic waste.