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Geocycle launchOn Tuesday this week, Geocycle launched a zero-residue waste management solution for Kenya. Through diverting waste from landfills, Geocycle preserves land equivalent to the size of 85 football fields, processes 14 Million tonnes of waste material worldwide, saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Besides, its existence in all the continents, the global waste management service provider also operates in eight African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa among others.

 

The limited resources to fully manage waste in Kenya has led to environmental degradation, disease, threats to climate change and poor prospects of sustainable development.  Geocycle will be the only waste management firm in the country to provide the entire waste management processes-from collection, transportation, segregation, auditing and disposal.

In Kenya, they will deliver this waste management solution through its partnership with Bamburi Cement, which will allow Geocycle to incinerate waste in its cement kilns while providing alternative fuel for the plant.

The reduction in the need for landfills means that more land will be available for profitable human use.  In addition to reusing of the waste as fuel, toxins finding their way into soil and underground water will be eliminated.

Bamburi Cement has over the years been recognized for excellence in environmental compliance and conservation. They are committed to change the waste management landscape in Kenya into a more sustainable solution that will result in a cleaner and greener environment.

During the panel discussion moderated by Radio Presenter Caroline Mutoko, most participants pointed out to Sweden as a success story in handling waste. It emerged that the Scandinavian country is now infact importing waste from its neighbouring countries.  This is because only one percent of its waste can be found in dumpsites, the rest is recycled in different ways.geocycle brand

Besides recycling and adopting other proven best practices, some of the other suggestions include banning plastic (like Rwanda did), educating people on how to separate waste from an early age as well as the need to have champions of waste management. It was also noted that policies and guidelines are in existence but what lacks is the will to implement these.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Dandora dumpsite is the largest unrestricted dumpsite in Kenya. It opened in 1975 and was deemed full by 2001. However, it continues to serve Nairobi to date.
  • The dumpsite hosts millions of tonnes of waste which can be recycled and reused.
  • According to the World Health Organization, 24% of diseases are attributed to the environment.
  • In Nairobi alone, one person produces 2.5 Kilograms of waste per day.