Vivo Energy Uganda has partnered with Plastic Recycling Industries Limited to launch a new plastic collection drive for the public, at its Shell service stations.
The drive is part of it’s environmental sustainability campaign dubbed ‘Taasa Obutonde’ which is spearhead by Next Media Services.
Speaking at the launch held at Shell Bugolobi service station, Vivo Energy Managing Director, Gilbert Assist said, the ‘3Rs’- reduce, reuse and recycle’ approach is one of the requirements they adhere to as a company under their Iso 14001:2015 certification.
“We are pleased, therefore, to associate with like-minded partners such as Plastic Recycling Industries to further advance the ideals of the ‘Taasa Obutonde’ campaign. We encourage all ugandans to adopt a culture of safely disposing plastic waste at public waste bins provided by city authorities and the centralised collection points that our shell service stations now have to offer,” he said.
The Vivo Energy Executive Vice President for East and Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen also said ‘Taasa Obutonde’ as an environmental campaign reflects Vivo Energy Group’s strategic objectives on the environment and sustainability in Uganda and throughout the 23 African countries in which they operate.
“As a partner in the development of this country, we will continue to advance intiatives such as Taasa Obutonde and together with our partners, rally all our customers to do the right thing in ensuring environmental sustainability for future generations,” he said.
Currently, plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns due to the increase of plastics coupled with poor disposal habits by the public.
The initiative will routinely collect plastic waste from over 167 Shell service stations country wide for recycling purposes.
This project will see an initial 12 shell services stations launched as collection centres in Kampala and Wakiso. These include Shell Bugolobi, Kabalagala, Bulenga, Kira road, Band, Makerere Kikoni, Kalerwe, Namirembe, Entebbe, Katwe, Wandegeya and Mengo.
At each of the stations, there will be two collection bins for the public to dispose off plastics and organic waste separately.
The Taasa Obutonde campaign drive highlights the dangers of irresponsible use of plastics and the impact of poor disposal on the environment, human and animal life.