While oil waste and other chemical wastes are harmful to both human life and the environment, its incumbent upon individuals and all stakeholders to play a role in the sound management of chemical wastes since wastes are part and parcel of the industry and cannot be easily avoided.

NAPE’s Senior Programme Officer-Administration, Energy, Climate Change and Chemical Management Kamese Geoffrey while addressing trainees during Awareness raising workshop on sound Chemical management at Riviera Hotel in Hoima, said Poor disposal of chemical and oil wastes in the present situation is hazardous to human life and Environment due to lack of community awareness on Chemical management.

Kamese explained that Plastics were few in the past years than in the present and were disposed of easily but presently, not every house hold has Composite pits and the number of polythene bags has increased making waste management inevitable.

 “Wastes should be carefully handled because the way they are generated is not the same since Population growth has increased, the rate of waste generation is high provided that the number of polythene bags, plastics and other wastes have increased” said Kamese.

He further elaborated that minimizing the amount of waste we generate is important because it cuts costs of disposal and recycling, helps to conserve resources and minimize pollution which is successful through Reusing strategy by donating used items to charity, reusing boxes, papers, plastic and wrapping paper, buying groceries in bulk.

To raise awareness on the challenges associated with oil wastes and other chemical wastes, communities should share knowledge on sound chemical Management which also help generate home grown ideas and approaches on managing chemicals and how communities can contribute towards alleviating possible waste management challenges.

However, it’s noted that the responsibility lies in the hands of Community members to engage their leaders on waste management challenges by articulating issues as community members are always emotional when it comes to establishment of dumpsites meant for proper disposal of garbage. 

Story By Dorcus Drijaru