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Green Campus Uganda Martyrs University

Nkozi, Uganda

Green Campus Uganda Martyrs University

Nkozi, Uganda

Implementation of a functional waste management system at the Uganda Martyrs University in the Nkozi community. Subsequent upcycling of the different waste streams products (Biogas plant/Plastic extrusion/etc)

Navina Konz from Greening Africa Together / TU Berlin | 
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About this project

Hello people from the internet.
I hope you dont mind my ''casual'' tone.

Who?
Our team of international (Kenya, Uganda and Germany) and interdisciplinary (Enviromental studies/engineering, Education sciences, Scientific Computing , Energy and process engineering, Ethics and Development studies and Architecture) students wants your donation so that we can carry out our vision.

What?
The Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has an outdated waste system. They collect the waste without separating or treating it and then dump it in ''designated'' dump stations (you can see how these places look in the pcitures below?/ attached). ''Sometimes'' the waste is burned at these places (but as you can imagine, it's not properly done)
Our team wishes to implement a working improvement of the current waste management system.
Instead of having one waste stream that will end up being thrown in the land somewhere and perhaps burned, we want to provide differentiable trash cans (for each waste stream), containers (where these streams will be collected until its further processing), education/seminars (make everyone in UMU aware of the change and explain its uses and its benefits), lay the groundwork for further improvement.

Where?
The Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), in the community of Nkozi, Uganda
2227+WH Busese, Uganda
Coordinates:  0°00'22.9''N , 32°01'17.1''N
We will include a map of the campus where the pilot will be integrated

Why?
Because it is not wholesome.
Because it is not pretty.
Because open dumps attract vermin which in part spread mean diseases.
Because it is a learning oportunity for all the six thousand students at UMU.
Because it will generate new energy, revenue and posibilities.

Inmeadiate how?
As stated before in the ''what'' page.
We want to introduce colored coded bins for each different waste streams.
Streams will be :  Biomass (primarily from the cantina), Paper, Plastics and General waste.
Paper and plastic will be sold to ''nearby'' recycling facility.
(we are currently working on plastic to land in the hands of a local entrepreneur who uses it to produce furniture, in particular chairs. )
Biomass will be either sold as food for farm animals (food rests) or be made compost.
General waste will sadly end up being burnt..., but this time properly ! (or landfilled, whichever one is less sad)

Future how?
This is the begining of our adventure working together (the involved universites and NGOs), but we wont stop any time soon.
With the groundwork layed we want future students of GATop to upcylce the product of each waste stream.
Planned activities involve building a biogas plant,
Sorting and processing plastic into filaments (to be later used for 3D printing or making baskets, etc)
We still dont have any concrete plans for paper, but I'm sure future students will come to a pleseant solution.

Thanks for reading (and posibly donating).
Au revoir !

Updated at 07. February 2020