Uganda is hosting the East Africa Waste Management Conference in Kampala this week to discuss waste management issues affecting the sub-region.
Besides hosts Uganda, the conference, which began on Thursday, has attracted participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Ugandan State Minister of Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu, who opened the conference, expressed concern over a lack of commitment by cities in East Africa to address waste management as heaps of garbage are found uncollected in some cities which is a recipe for cholera outbreaks.
The head of Uganda's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Tom Okurut, told the participants that most people mistook waste as something bad when it was in fact a resource for creating wealth.
NEMA environment impact assessment monitoring officer Dan Kibuuka agreed, saying "waste is wealth", as materials retrieved can recycled for further production in the economy.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK