As in many African countries Uganda has a significant problem with waste. The amount of waste generated in Kampala, for example, was 430,000 tonnes. Of this, 6,880 tonnes was plastic waste. The vast majority of this plastic waste ends up at illegal deposits, in the drainage system or dispersed in the environment.
PET bottles can be used in an innovative and transformative way for construction. This idea was developed by ECO-TEC and has been demonstrated in many developing countries construct water tanks, granary, toilets (latrines), and houses. At the end of 2011, Green Heat and ECOTEC decided to partner and work on a project where biogas will be generated from human excrement at the same time using PET bottles used as bricks to build the toilet walls.
“Be part of the Future” – Vianney Tumwesige
This partnership will lead to achievement of?
1. Transfer know how to communities through training rural communities by constructing rain water harvesting tanks.
2. Transform waste (PET bottles) into construction bricks which will attract value
3. Job creation for the rural people especially women and the youth.
4. Waste reduction since the PET bottle will be a resource.
5. Environment protection; the traditional bricks used today are burnt using wood. PET bottle bricks do not need baking.