Several areas of Kampala are choking with uncollected heaps of garbage as a result of lack of proper disposal methods.
Fred Kyagulanyi, a resident of Wakiso has found a better way to utilize the garbage to produce fuel and earn a living.
Kyagulanyi, who dropped out of school in senior two because of school fees, is the proprietor of Lat-Photo Energy Uganda.
He has developed a system that enables him to extract fuel from garbage, which can run generators and automobiles.
Kyagulanyi says that he learnt the idea when he visited Germany, where he found people producing Ethanol from pineapple waste.
He says that when retruned to Uganda he was motivated to the start producing fuel because waste was freely available.
Kyagulanyi explains that he collects garbage, compact it before it's heated at a high temperature to form crude oil.
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He says that the crude oil is then crushed into powder before it is mixed with a certain chemical to dissolve it into liquid form.
Kyagulanyi says that they use waste from banana peelings and other greens to produce chemical that acts as a catalyst needed in their production.
He explains that the liquid generated from the crude oil is then put into a refinery to process it into fuel.
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He says that currently they produce 100 liters of fuel daily because of the limited facilities but plan to improve their capacity.
Kyagulanyi says that a liter of their fuel costs shillings 2500.
He says that the fuel is sold to boda boda motorists and people with generators.
Hillary Ntakyica, a Burundian Economist who had visited the small refinery was surprised the fuel works just like the ones purchased at petrol stations.
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Kyagulanyi says that his biggest challenge is to get capital to expand his capacity.
He says increased production would help to clean up the environment by collecting piles of garbage that Kampala city produces daily
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