Gulu's Solid Waste Management Project Stalls

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A multi-billion shillings solid waste management project for Gulu district has stalled. The World Bank had in 2010 given Gulu 1.4 billion shillings to construct a solid waste decomposing plant to recycle about 70 tonnes of garbage daily.

 A multi-billion shillings solid waste management project for Gulu district has stalled.

The World Bank had in 2010 given Gulu 1.4 billion shillings to construct a solid waste decomposing plant to recycle about 70 tonnes of garbage daily.

The solid waste plant was to be a central collection point for organic solid waste that can be converted into manure and fertilizers under the World Bank carbon trading project.

The Kyoto carbon emission deal is where rich industrialized nations pay for projects that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions, as mitigating factor against future climate change.

Gulu is among the 17 districts in Uganda that benefited from the deal.

But ever since the project was launched in April 2010 nothing has been done at the site located in Pabwor village in Bungatira Sub-county.

A URN reporter who visited the site found only a borehole on the 20 acre piece of land which is fenced off. No building has been constructed on the site which looks abandoned.

James Ocaka, the Gulu Municipal Environment Officer, blames the problem on National Environment Management Authority-NEMA for delaying to source for a company to undertake construction works at the decompose site.

Ocaka says Gulu Municipal Council has on its part purchased two trucks and 17garbage skips for the project. He says they are currently waiting for NEMA to tender the works for the project to commence.

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NEMA officials have not commented on this story.

In Gulu town uncollected garbage litter every street in the centre of town.