Solid Waste & Faecal Sludge Management Strategies Reviewed with Mukono Municipality

15th December 2022, the KOICA-funded “Strengthening Solid Waste and Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Capacity for Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA)” project registered a landmark achievement with the Solid Waste Management (SWM)& Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) strategy and inception workshop. This workshop was a two-way participatory approach designed to aid in the development of a feasible strategy between GGGI and Mukono Municipality.

To better support Mukono Municipality based on their needs with solid waste and faecal sludge management capacities, GGGI is supporting the government to develop strategies for both components which will include the situational analysis with specific targets which will address and fill in the gaps Mukono is currently facing. Given that the Mukono-Katikolo site was selected for the feasibility studies and detailed designs of a Faecal Sludge Transfer Plant (FSTP) for the FSM component and a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the SWM component of the project, reviewing the strategies for both together with the Municipality made it visible for both GGGI and the Municipal Council.

On 1st December 2022, during the strategy review for SWM, a presentation on the strategy was made and some of the expected project outcomes entailed:

  1. Increase of waste collection to about 65%.
  2. Maximize waste to resource and material recovery by at least 35%.
  3. Setting up effective waste treatment and disposal tools.

While on the FSM side, discussions looked at containment, transportation including emptying methods, treatment, and finally reuse while looking at how best can we establish an effective FSM structure that can support Mukono Municipality.

With the workshop being a two-way dialogue and creating breakout rooms for better engagements, participants from the Municipality voiced their views and made recommendations for a better understanding of this strategy. These included:

  1. Provision of capacity building programs, especially in sorting, since waste is considered a resource for profit making.
  2. The suggestion of engaging the private sector to operate the facilities as they have more capacity.
  3. The designed plant should be able to handle waste sorting systematically because it will be hard for citizens to do it efficiently and effectively. There were some suggestions to sort at the source.

Besides views, participants also gave recommendations to be incorporated within the strategy for better functionality:

  1. Set up measures to engage the town cleaning team in Mukono at the transfer stations.
  2. Set up standardized collection charges with private collectors.
  3. Providing capacity-building programs and empowering the youth.
  4. Improving the quality of products already made at the Katikolo site to access the market and have money reinvestments.
  5. Develop community sensitization channels like the use of local leaders and the youth for better results while using the intended designed plants.

As a next step, the outcomes of this workshop from views and recommendations will support GGGI in developing feasible solid waste and sanitation improvement strategies that will benefit the citizens within Mukono and the entire GKMA while building an inclusive, sustainable, and clean environment, and in return for the project, this will ensure successful achievements of the project outcomes 2 & 3 of enhancing solid waste and faecal sludge management in the GKMA.

The following stakeholders took part in the inception workshop: Deputy Mayor and Speaker of Mukono Municipality, Municipal Development Forum (MDF), Town Clerks, Health Inspectors, Mukono Municipal Council Councilors, Sanitation Task Force, Journalists, and other stakeholders managing value chains on solid waste and faecal sludge.

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