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

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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.

     

    Last update: 03 May 2021
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    Contexto
    Défis à relever
    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
    • 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.

     

    Scale of implementation
    Local
    Subnational
    Ecosystems
    Beach
    Tema
    Gender mainstreaming
    Sustainable livelihoods
    Islands
    Local actors
    Coastal and marine spatial management
    Outreach & communications
    Tourism
    Marine litter
    Waste management
    Ubicación
    Kwale
    East and South Africa
    Procesar
    Summary of the process

    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. 

    Building Blocks
    Multi stakeholder Forums

    CEJAD realized the value of engagement is very critical in getting various stakeholders with different needs to realign consequently unlocking resources as well as forge alliances for meaningful participatory development.

    Forums were held in the community to ensure that public participation is at the heart of the marine plastic waste as well as getting community groups to own the problem and take charge.

    Enabling factors
    • Alliance: Establishing alliances has contributed to ensure the perpetuity of the plastics value chain as well as the development of marketing platforms for plastic waste products.
    • Stakeholder engagement:  Establishing platforms and fora is very critical in getting various stakeholders with different needs to realign and get buy-in from partners consequently unlocking resources as well as forge alliances for meaningful participatory development. Forums were held in the community to ensure that public participation is at the heart of development.
    Lesson learned
    • Proper documentation must be followed through with action points that are all rounded as well as approved by all to enhance accountability.
    • Amplify and provide visibility for impactful members so as they can be champions and ambassadors for plastic waste management.
    • Link the training to sources funding for the sustainability of the ventures for desired outcomes as well as continuous mentorships and coaching sessions including table banking.
    • Cooperation must be at the heart of the engagement to facilitate waste management initiatives.

     

     

    Training and capacity building

    Public awareness and trained community groups in old town on plastic waste substitution, recycling, reduction, recovery, and safe disposal practices. 

    Equipping the women artisans with machinery, tools, and equipment for making sculptures and items out of plastic waste as well as training women artisans on product development and packaging was very well informed.

    Empowerment is just a means to an end in ensuring that plastic waste management is mainstreamed.

    Enabling factors
    • Establishing enterprises: This factor has been critical in sneering sustainability is enhanced all through, including linking the community groups with financial institutions to enhance their financial management skills.
    • Established a model centre 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.

     

    Lesson learned
    • Provide incentives to catalyse waste segregation at source as well as compliment it advocacy awareness to ensure county governments step their roles and function of proper waste management enforcement.
    • Develop programs that enhance paradigm shift to promote circularity among stakeholders in a consultative manner. i.e. walk with them through the journey, co-creation sessions.
    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.
    Beneficiaries
    • Women Groups
    • Beach Management Units (BMU)
    • Tourist hotels
    • Local communities
    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
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