Reverse logistics system and recycling potential at a landﬁll: A case study from Kampala City
Kinobe, Joel R.
Niwagaba, Charles B.
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The rapid growing population and high urbanisation rates in Sub-Saharan Africa has caused enormous pressure on collection services of the generated waste in the urban areas. This has put a burden on land- ﬁlling, which is the major waste disposal method. Waste reduction, re-use and recycling opportunities exist but are not fully utilized. The common items that are re-used and re-cycled are plastics, paper, alu- minum, glass, steel, cardboard, and yard waste. This paper develops an overview of reverse logistics at Kiteezi landﬁll, the only ofﬁcially recognised waste disposal facility for Kampala City. The paper analyses, in details the collection, re-processing, re-distribution and ﬁnal markets of these products into a reversed supply chain network. Only 14% of the products at Kiteezi landﬁll are channeled into the reverse chain while 63% could be included in the distribution chain but are left out and disposed of while the remaining 23% is buried. This is because of the low processing power available, lack of market value, lack of knowl- edge and limited value addition activities to the products. This paper proposes possible strategies of efﬁ- cient and effective reverse logistics development, applicable to Kampala City and other similar cities.