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Saving the environment of the accumulating carelessly littered waste plastic bottles

About the Implementing organization

Name: Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD)

Country: Uganda

Year of establishment: 2000

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Indigenous group or organization


Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD) uses a workforce mainly of volunteers without any form of discrimination, who are enthusiastic indigenous people to promote its mission, minimising on costs but maximising on impact.

BUVAD turns accumulating hazardous waste of waste plastic bottles into a utility, avoiding harm to humans, environmental depletion and embracing nature conservation.

Nature Element

Forests / Oceans / Coasts / Wetlands / Rivers / Grasslands / Drylands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention / clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Participants to the BUVAD bottle brick and nature conservation workshops were able to learn the significance of wildlife despite the fact that wild game has always been seen at only the angle of life threat other than positively as useful. They also learnt that careless littering of used plastic bottles has led to these used plastic bottles flowing into rivers and lakes like Lake Victoria, polluting the waters and reducing the multiplication rate of aquatic nature like fish, hence the cause of its current scarcity though a delicacy for most. Indeed there was a need for this kind of intervention among others to protect the waters from pollution.

Some participant groups performed drama plays about wildlife protection, aquatic nature protection and bottle brick construction on the commissioning days of the bottle brick model tanks.

The hazardous methods of waste plastic bottles’ disposal by burning or careless littering have been discarded by the participant communities.

Sustainable Development Impacts

BUVAD conducted 6 Bottle Brick and Nature conservation workshops in Kayunga which have enriched 472 participants with bottle brick technology and nature conservation basic skills. 6 trainees' community chains - water tanks construction cooperatives each comprising of a minimum of 50 member households, have been created.

Workshop participants have been able to learn that the prolonged droughts and irregular rains in their regions are not as a result of the ongoing superstitions that it's always due to witchcraft by some community members; but as a result of their own environmental depleting activities like burning of waste plastics, spraying with chemicals, gas emissions from cars and factories, uncontrolled cutting down of trees without replacements among others.

Through our quarterly review meetings, participants were able to further understand the significance of a waste plastics bottles hazard free environment and the need to conserve fauna and flora nature.


The from each of the training workshops, BUVAD appointed 6 best performers to become future trainers of trainees.

Interested people have invited us to their districts for training them having viewed our innovation on the local TVs.

The water storage facility challenge in Uganda alongside the accumulating waste plastic bottles with their disadvantages is very grave. Nearly 80 percent of Ugandan household face the challenge of lack of water storage facilities.

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