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  • What are the common obstacles to reducing single-use plastic? 🥤

    Posted by Jo on 19 October 2022 at 11:44

    Over the years, we have compiled a list of the common obstacles that businesses face when it comes to reducing single-use plastic. We then use this list to help them identify and implement solutions.

    The most common obstacles that we hear are below, but I’d love you to add to my list based on your own experience. The longer the list, the more solutions we can find and the more impact we can make so please go ahead and add anything that comes to mind.

    • Brand Standards
    • Habits (We’ve always done it like this)
    • The guests will complain
    • Alternatives are too expensive
    • Single use is more hygienic and this is important after COVID
    • Staff aren’t interested
    Adam replied 5 days, 21 hours ago 9 Members · 14 Replies
  • 14 Replies
  • Tony

    Member
    19 October 2022 at 22:08
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    Lack of political will and enforcement in spite of the ban on single use carrier bags in supermarkets in Uganda

    • Jo

      Member
      22 October 2022 at 07:19
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      Are there any other rules, for example for tourism businesses or nothing yet?

      • Jane Goldring

        Member
        24 October 2022 at 10:11
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        No rules as yet.

        • Jeffrey

          Member
          26 October 2022 at 16:45
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          There is now the beginnings of a global plastics treaty negotiation process, which may lead to new rules.

  • Jane Goldring

    Member
    20 October 2022 at 09:36
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    The main issue with plastic, especially bottles is that there are no recycling collection for facility points around Uganda for them, especially up country areas which are also the tourist areas. Unless someone can enlighten me?

  • Yvonne

    Member
    20 October 2022 at 11:08
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    @Jane Goldring and @tony-ofungi very true. No rubbish collection bin at all is another problem. Plus too many hotels still insist on the small plastic bottles.

    But i saw that at Carrefour they take glass bottles back. This would be a start for recycling. In Germany for example people are encouraged to give bottles back by paying them a small fee so other people just collect bottles and make small income out of it.

  • Conrad

    Member
    21 October 2022 at 05:41
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    The common obstacles here in Uganda is mind set is number one. Someone will buy say water and just throw a bottle anywhere without thinking. We see this happen a lot bottles flying from the windows of moving cars. And then now no collecting centers as said earlier not even just collecting bins in shops very rare in Uganda.

    • Jo

      Member
      22 October 2022 at 07:18
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      Thanks for the insight Conrad. Do you see obstacles within operational areas of businesses too or it is more mindset and behaviour of the consumers of the plastic?

    • Tony

      Member
      28 October 2022 at 13:12
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      Its pathetic Recently I had had to stop and pick up a bottle that my own cousin I was travelling with had flung out the window in Budongo Forest

      • Anne

        Administrator
        28 October 2022 at 15:57
        Moderator

        Setting the right example is often the first and easiest step for others to copy good behaviour. Well done for stopping @tony-ofungi !

      • Jo

        Member
        1 November 2022 at 18:36
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        Oh dear, I agree with Anne, setting a good example is so important, it can be frustrating but if we carry on, our behaviour does rub off on others. Here’s to continued determination!

  • Nelson

    Member
    20 November 2022 at 09:48
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    Here mindset is a big problem: In trading centers near tourist attractions have so many plastic garbage; the general population thinks it is okay to dump plastics and Companies that manufacture these products have not figured in the sustainability use of plastics. The message about single use plastics should be clear across the board.

    • Anne

      Administrator
      21 November 2022 at 16:06
      Moderator

      Definitely @mugisha-nelson – do you have thoughts how the tourism industry (and you as tour operators) can contribute to sharing the message?

  • Adam

    Member
    2 December 2022 at 13:36
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    Plastic bottle audits to identify which companies are most responsible for littering. In this way the big companies take up responsibility to control littering or help in the clean up process.