Selection Uganda

Marula Creative Consultancy

For the Second Call, Marula leverages its leadership and project management skills to facilitate a first-of-its-kind ‘mixed-waste recovery center’ to ‘animal feed and fertilizer’ value chain in Uganda. The unique composition of this consortium allows the implementing partners (Proteen, Enimiro and YoWaste) to focus on their core abilities and expand their business model while bringing an innovative and complete circular waste-to-value model to empower youth.

The Problem

In Uganda:

  • 80% of generated waste is organic and only 40% is collected, with no value-added.
  • Organic waste separation and recycling produce a high cost of transporting the organic waste, which contains 60% moisture.
  • Ugandan farmers are highly affected by low-quality agricultural inputs with uncertain supply and fluctuating prices.

Furthermore, waste production will increase threefold in developing countries by 2050. Currently, 69% of organic waste in Sub-Saharan Africa is dumped in landfills or burned, accounting for nearly half of all carbon emissions (World Bank, 2019).

In Kampala, only 40% of waste is collected and brought to the Kitezi landfill, representing a very linear waste management system. Uncollected waste remains in the cities, where it clogs sewages and releases toxic chemicals to local communities. 480t of organic waste is taken to the only registered landfill, Kiteezi, everyday. A circular solution will enable 1500t of waste per month (organic waste, plastic, paper, and e-waste) to be recycled in a sustainable way.

The Solution

Our project tackles this inefficiency through an integrated waste-to-value supply chain that focuses on the collection, sorting, and processing of organic and non-organic waste. Our solution primarily creates contract jobs for young people in the waste management sector and improves jobs in the agricultural sector. Our organic waste to value project will create the first of its kind Material Recovery Centre (MRC) in Kampala, which monetizes non-organic waste (in partnership with Yo-Waste) and processes organic waste into valuable agricultural products. These agricultural products are tested in our own Analysis Lab and then sold to our own Poultry Hub (in partnership with Uzima) or professionally tested on coffee-vanilla plots (in partnership with Enimiro). By scaling our learnings from CFYE-1, We will process over 2040t of mixed waste per month and process this into a high quality animal feed concentrate for professional, medium-scale poultry, piggery and tilapia farmers as well as a fertilizer for UGACOF’s coffee farmers and Enimiro’s vanilla farmers. Our project will:

  • Create hundreds of jobs (suitable for youth, women and men, low- and high-skill).
  • Produce sustainable and profitable fertilizer and animal feed.
  • Avoid significant landfill emissions.

Our MRC in Kampala creates well-paid, accessible and safe jobs in an industry that is notorious for its unhealthy working environments. The MRC collects mixed waste from households and restaurants but also offers 90 informal waste pickers the opportunity to deliver plastics. Each kilogram of plastic is bought between 200-350ugx. we will offer training to ensure that these youth (60 females, 30 males) can identify the best quality plastic. Regarding the contract jobs, our drivers, loaders and sorters in the MRC department will all receive contracts after undergoing a two-months internship period. The conveyor sorters (35 female) will be paid a baseline salary and a commission per kilogram/tonne of sorted waste. All sorters will be female, also to create a sense of community. In the factory, the Proteen workers will be a mix of males and females.

Additionality

With CFYE support, the project will be better designed, proceed more quickly, and reach more young people than it otherwise would have. CFYE support will allow Proteen and Yo-Waste to set up an innovative Material Recovery Center. Which to date has not yet been achieved in the country. There are a few initiatives that look at plastic recycling, but none that combine the organic component. It will allow us to scale up our current initiatives and de-risk our business model by ensuring that our main input, organic waste, can be more easily secured.

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