Integrating Value chain in Sustainable Solid Waste management in Kwale and Mombasa Counties, Kenya

CEJAD
Published: 03 May 2021
Last edited: 03 May 2021
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Summary

 

The Centre for Environmental Justice and Development (CEJAD)aims to combat plastic and waste pollution by promoting sustainable solid management through public education on impacts of plastics to the environment and demonstration of BATs/BEPs such as source separation of waste, reuse, recycling and recovery as well value chain efficiency.

 

The project seeks to conduct the following activities:

  • Equipping the women artisans with machinery, tools, and equipment for making sculptures and items out of plastic waste.
  • Training women artisans on product development and packaging.
  • Establishing a pilot waste segregation at source and management system for recovery, reuse, and recycle of plastic and other waste.
  • Training women artisans on marketing and how to maintain market linkages.
  • Undertaking a market research for their products.

     

    Classifications

    Region
    East and South Africa
    Scale of implementation
    Local
    Subnational
    Ecosystem
    Beach
    Marine and coastal ecosystems
    Theme
    Coastal and marine spatial management
    Gender mainstreaming
    Islands
    Local actors
    Marine litter
    Outreach & communications
    Sustainable livelihoods
    Tourism
    Waste management
    Challenges
    Tropical cyclones / Typhoons
    Tsunami/tidal wave
    Infrastructure development
    Lack of access to long-term funding
    Lack of alternative income opportunities
    Lack of technical capacity
    Poor monitoring and enforcement
    Poor governance and participation
    Unemployment / poverty
    Sustainable development goals
    SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
    SDG 5 – Gender equality
    SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
    SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals

    Location

    Kwale | Mombasa

    Challenges

    • Need of incentives to accelerate plastic collection by community groups. Community groups have cited lack of incentives to collect plastic especially due to the low resale value of plastic waste and also due to transportation cost involved in transporting plastic waste to a recycling facility.
    • Lack of enforcement to waste segregation from the county governments. Waste management is a function of the aforementioned but due to lack of enforcement resulting in the creation of landfills and marine plastic pollution.
    • Transboundary waste movement is another challenge where waste from one county gets dumped to another country due to lack of waste management facilities as a result of rogue waste management collectors.
    • Inadequate knowledge on creating linkages with plastic recyclers due to skewed perception of jobs associated with waste management i.e. poor man’s job, a social outcast, etc.
    • Inadequate capacity among BMU to monetize marine plastic due to low waste volumes collection.

     

    Beneficiaries

    • Women Groups
    • Beach Management Units (BMU)
    • Tourist hotels
    • Local communities

    How do the building blocks interact?

    With financial support from Canadian Fund for Local Initiative successfully implemented a project “Building the capacity of women to address the challenge of marine pollution through a waste separation and recycling program in Mombasa”.

    The value of the fora also acts as a platform for assessing the different needs and gaps to be fulfilled by the training programs.

    Also, CEJAD uses the platforms to rally members in aligning resources as well as invest in the marine plastic waste value chain thereby,  guaranteeing success going forward. 

    Impacts

    • Sensitized and trained community groups in old town on plastic waste substitution, recycling, reduction, recovery, and safe disposal practices.
    • Established a model center at the Madubaa landing site for demonstrating best practices for zero-waste, 3Rs (reducing, recycling, and re-using), showcasing viable plastic waste products and enterprises, troubleshooting, and continuous learning.
    • Facilitated public/stakeholder dialogue on mainstreaming plastics and UPOPs reduction and management in county government policy, plans, budgets and projects.

    Story

    All Africa

    From a young age our parents instilled us a deep appreciation and love for nature through leading by example. We knew the names of birds and trees long before we could string proper sentences together and many of our childhood holidays were spent in rock pools exploring and snorkeling come rain or shine. We practically grew up in a tent. To share their love for these wild places through adventures across our continent has helped me understand that the basics are enough, a plan can always be made and that nature is our most powerful teacher. These truths have become the framework we’ve built our life upon started out as a jeweler with the jewelry tools from university that consisted of a range of files and pliers mostly. We saved up just enough money to buy a second hand operated metal roller. To this day these are the tools that tell our story. We didn’t want to wait until we had enough money saved before setting up shop. We wanted to start with what we had right there where we was. When it comes to our creative dreams the desire to begin has always been greater than the fear of failing. We enjoy the challenge minimal tools bring to the table. We cherish not having to rely on the conventional idea of what jewellery should look like when a full range of jewellery making equipment is at play. Limitations became an inspiration and a strength both in the personal and business worlds. We make jewellery from anything and everything specializing in found objects and alternative metals – the brass I used was sourced from guys welding radiators together down the road; my copper came from a plumber that would pass by the studio on his way to the scrapyard to cash in. It has been a way of life long before I moved to Wasini Island. It has been the way we make jewelry since we started. Expanding our business does not lie in expanding the bank account or the number of people we employ, expanding our business means expanding our mind. There is power in collaboration and empowering through creative thinking is what brings about change.

     

    Contributed by

    Raymond Obare Sustainable inclusive Business- Knowledge Centre Kenya

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