By Monica Kobusiinge
Kampala: Coca-Cola Uganda yesterday 30 September 2020 signed a conservation partnership with the Tooro Kingdom to ‘Save River Mpanga’.
The conservation partnership, signed at the Coca-Cola Platform at the UMA Showgrounds in Lugogo, Kampala, will involve clean-up activities to get rid of plastic waste from river Mpanga, mobilization and sensitisation of the people of Tooro about the dangers of irresponsible waste management, especially in the new Fort portal tourism City.
Coca-Cola noted that the partnership will promote environmental conservation and protection of the 120km River Mpanga in Kabarole district.
Between October and December this year, the Kingdom of Tooro will run campaigns among residents sensitizing them about the best environmental practices in the community and responsible plastic waste management to promote recycling.
During the function, Coca-Cola Uganda contributed Shs20million to fund the initiative.
Speaking on behalf of Omukama Oyo Nyimba at the MoU signing, Joan Else Adyeeri, the kingdom’s Minister of Tourism, said the king was more focused on the environment, youth, agriculture and tourism.
“He wants to see Tooro become green again, it’s not just a touch of a button, we have to work for it and he is doing it. You will find him cleaning river Mpanga, planting trees and preaching the gospel of planting trees in the kingdom,” Joan said.
“The campaign to ‘save River Mpanga’ was launched three years ago. We have done many activities among which is a fund-raising dinner which was just a drop in the ocean because, if we don’t wake-up today, we are losing it,” she added.
In communities all over the world, Coca-Cola has been committed to providing funding and supporting initiatives that help tackle the world’s plastic waste management problem one community at a time.
Melkamu Abebe, General Manager of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa entities in Uganda (Century and Rwenzori Bottling Companies), in a message delivered by Simon Kaheru, the Public Affairs and Communications Director of the company said thus;
“The solution that the kingdom came-up with captured our attention because, the kingdom has decided to do three things; one, conduct clean-up activities at River Mpanga – which involves removing all inorganic garbage from the river, that objective is in total synchronization with our objective to remove all plastic waste from the environment especially from the water.”
He added that the company has established a recycling plant operating in Nakawa, whose main purpose is not only to recycle plastic but also an equal system that makes people take away plastic from the environment.
The Coca-Cola Company in 2018, launched an initiative dubbed ‘World Without Waste’ which includes the ambitious goal of collecting and recycling the equivalent of every bottle or can the company sells globally by 2030.
Since launching the initiative, the company has underwritten and implemented new recycling campaigns, as well as reinvented existing ones while adhering to the values of a closed-loop circular economy: a system in which all of the plastic packagings the company produces is designed to be recycled, kept in the economy, and reused in food and beverages.
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